CWU receive 2009 STUC Health and Safety Award

April 21st 2009

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has announced that Graeme Russell, Regional Safety Secretary for the Communication Workers Union (CWU), is this years recipient of the STUC Health and Safety Award for his work in promoting and developing positive partnership working in protecting the health, safety and welfare of CWU members in the Edinburgh and Borders Branch.

Grahame Smith STUC General Secretary said

“The standard of the nomination for this years award have been exceptionally high and Graeme faced stiff competition from health and safety representative in other unions.

“However, his extensive work in organising around health and safety activity including recruitment of new safety representatives in addition to his day to day role as a safety representative make him a worthy recipient of the second health and safety award.

“Identifying and developing systems of work to ensure safe removal of cotton braided cable containing a potentially lethal cocktail of arsenic based paint and asbestos from telephone exchanges provided an excellent example of trade unions and employers working together to protect the lives of BT workers and contractors.

“Additionally, Graeme’s involvement in raising mental health awareness and stroke prevention provide an excellent example of a safety representative playing and important role in the workplace well being agenda in addition to their traditional and vitally important safety role.”

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