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From: The Socialist issue 953, 21 June 2017: Capitalism kills

Search site for keywords: Grenfell Tower - Unions - Unite - Firefighters - London - Fire - Education - Teachers - Schools - Len McCluskey - NUT - FBU - Matt Wrack

Unions call for action after Grenfell

One Housing Group workers, members of Unite, on a second three-day strike against massive pay cuts, photo Naomi Byron

One Housing Group workers, members of Unite, on a second three-day strike against massive pay cuts, photo Naomi Byron   (Click to enlarge)

Unite the Union housing workers branch LE/1111

We must help those directly affected now - dozens are members of Unite - and ensure no stone is left unturned to prevent this happening again. Unite will be offering full legal support for all victims of this horrific event.

Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, said: "We will not rest until the full truth of what has gone on is uncovered, and we will not be allowing the shameful cuts to legal aid to prevent that truth from being exposed. Unite is sending lawyers to the community and has set up a freephone number for anyone needing legal assistance"...

FBU members marching against job cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon

FBU members marching against job cuts, photo Suzanne Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Fire Brigades Union

The thoughts of firefighters from all over the UK will be with the victims of this devastating tragedy and their families.

Firefighters and other emergency services worked through the night to secure the building and to save as many lives as possible. They did a particularly difficult job witnessing brutal and tragic scenes with the professionalism we have come to expect from them...

Meanwhile, the number of counsellors trained to help London firefighters process the traumatic scenes they witness on the job was cut from 14 to just two under former Tory mayor Boris Johnson. He also closed ten London fire stations and removed 13 engines.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the FBU, said: "We need more counsellors to look after them, not less"...

NUT marching in London, 5.7.16, photo Judy Beishon

NUT marching in London, 5.7.16, photo Judy Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Joint statement by education unions ATL, AEP, NAHT and NUT

School is one area of children's lives which can provide them with care and stability. It is essential that children affected by Grenfell continue to attend their own school, with teachers and other staff who know them and can support them and their families.

We know that those who work in education are rising to this challenge. They will need the full support of those around them.

All schools which have on their roll children from Grenfell Tower, and the area around it, must be provided with counsellors and other necessary resources...

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