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The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, has condemned the assault on workplace health and safety provisions by the Coalition Government, which it believes is putting worker’s lives and wellbeing at risk.
Budget cuts to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the scrapping of health and safety legislation, the watering down of workplace safety inspections and the trivialising of the importance of health and safety are all conspiring to leave workers more vulnerable to illness, accidents and injuries, the NASUWT has told the TUC Congress in Brighton.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“No case has been made for the attack the Coalition Government has launched on health and safety provisions.
“This is another ideologically driven policy of the Coalition Government, where hard fact and evidence are, quite frankly, ignored.
“The Coalition Government has consistently sought to portray the health and safety system as bureaucratic and burdensome for employers, rather than acknowledging the importance of keeping workers safe and healthy.
“The drive to deregulate health and safety is a return to the dark ages when the lives of working people had no value.”
Mick Lyons, NASUWT Senior Vice President, addressed Congress, warning of the impact of the attack on health and safety in schools. He said:
“The existing School Premises Regulations and guidance have been developed to ensure that all school premises are safe and fit for purpose, providing good-quality learning environments for pupils.
“Proposed changes to the regulations and removal of guidance will result in deterioration in the quality of learning environments in schools, which will in turn impact negatively on pupils’ educational attainment.
“Health and safety regulations were hard fought for and we need to fight equally hard to retain them.”