Over lunchtime today trade unionists will gather to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of injury at work or occupational diseases such as mesothelioma and commit to fight for safer and healthier workplaces across the world.
Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said
“HSE statistics show that 20 Scottish workers left home to go to work and did not return home in the last year, across the United Kingdom 192 families lost loved ones through work related injury.
“This is only the tip of the iceberg however, many more lose their lives as a result of occupational disease, we do not know how many die in work related road traffic accidents and unfortunately the pressures of work can and have resulted in workers contemplating suicide.
“The STUC believes that health and safety should be at the heart of the Scottish Government’s fair work agenda and remain disappointed the Smith Commission did not recommend devolution of a range of powers over workers protection to provide more opportunity to create safer and healthier workplaces and hold irresponsible employers to account.
“Our health and safety system is under attack by an ideological Government intent on undermining the importance of health and safety and on International Workers Memorial we commit to the fight for strong laws, strong enforcement and string trade unions and to combat the Government’s continued attack on the health and safety of workers across the UK.
Details of events taking place throughout Scotland can be found at http://www.stuc.org.uk/campaigns-and-external-events/international-workers-memorial-day
For further information contact
Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100