spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Campaigns subcategories:

Anti-capitalism

Anti-fascist

Anti-racism

Anti-war

Asylum

Black and Asian

Children

CNWP

Corporate crime

Disability

Education

Election campaigns

Environment

EU

Finance

Food

Gender Recognition Act

* Health and safety

Health and welfare

Housing

Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay

Migration

Nationalisation

New workers party

NHS

Pensions

Post Office

Poverty

Privatisation

Public Services

Socialism

Socialist

Sport

Stop the slaughter of Tamils

Students

The state

Transport

TUSC

Welfare rights

Women

Workplace and TU campaigns

Youth


Health and safety keywords:

Corporate killing (2)

Stress (22)

hse (11)

injuries (7)

Health and safety


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 860, 17 June 2015: Tory-busters: organise, strike, resist

Search site for keywords: Health and safety - Health - hse - injuries

The real health and safety 'madness'

Michael Barker

Health and safety gone mad! When I finished school (in 1994), starry-eyed and eager to join the great British workforce, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - the body responsible for looking after workers' health - employed some 5,545 staff.

To be honest I always thought they needed more employees to get their job done. But eleven years on, this number was 3,903 and falling.

Further reductions

"What's going on?" I asked myself. This decline was out of the ball park: health and safety insanity. By 2013 things were getting even madder, now our entire country employed only 2,769 HSE workers.

So only one in 20 major injuries are investigated by the HSE, and only one in 170 results in prosecution.

Now if that isn't health and safety 'gone mad', what is? Yet the jury is already in: health and safety regulations benefit all society, not just the workers whose lives are in danger.

"Available evidence suggests inspection and enforcement activities can stimulate innovation, have no negative and a probable positive effect on job creation, support economic activity, and reduce costs to business though sickness absence and improved performance," concludes one recent report.

But the madness seemingly never ends. The Con-Dem Coalition coldly cut state funding for HSE by over 40% over its last term in power.

As an organisation designed to keep our employers in check, the HSE, which might have had some regulatory teeth in the past, is now as gummy as a cartoon OAP.

Trade unions

Trade unions have trained up thousands of health and safety reps - that's why unionised workplaces are safer workplaces as well as being better paid.

But with the new government, our safety appears to be even more in the hands of money-grubbing, union-hating bosses.

So get involved in the fightback and join me and many other active trade unionists at the conference of the National Shop Stewards Network on 4 July.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999