Waltham Forest Trades Council vowed to 'fight for the living' by raising standards for workers at memorial service

Killed workers remembered by union members and family

Nadeem Ali

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A memorial service has been held for men killed whilst at work.

The annual event was held by Waltham Forest Trades Council on Monday to remember workers as young as 16 who have died in and around the borough.

John Cryer MP spoke at the service outside Walthamstow Assembly Hall which was also attended by family members of the deceased.

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2:27pm Wed 30 Apr 14

mdj says...

It's good to see the mayor present, because this is an area where the council needs to raise its game and lead by example.

A whole street length of scaffolding fell into Francis Rd in the gales last autumn, thankfully the day before school began. Cars were crushed, but no people.
This was completely avoidable negligence, since no other scaffolds had been left unprepared, but the HSE took precisely no enforcement action. It was the Council's scaffold.

On more than one occasion I've tried to report imminent hazards to life in our streets - one of them due to unsafe works carried out for the council.
The response has been lethargic or absent altogether.
If the council had its own 24 hr emergency number it would be a good start.
It's good to see the mayor present, because this is an area where the council needs to raise its game and lead by example. A whole street length of scaffolding fell into Francis Rd in the gales last autumn, thankfully the day before school began. Cars were crushed, but no people. This was completely avoidable negligence, since no other scaffolds had been left unprepared, but the HSE took precisely no enforcement action. It was the Council's scaffold. On more than one occasion I've tried to report imminent hazards to life in our streets - one of them due to unsafe works carried out for the council. The response has been lethargic or absent altogether. If the council had its own 24 hr emergency number it would be a good start. mdj
  • Score: 4

3:26pm Wed 30 Apr 14

NTiratsoo says...

I agree, mdj, but isn't the mayor’s presence more than a little hypocritical, because from what I hear trade unions are now almost wholly marginalized in the Town Hall?

And as for Mr. Cryer, a trade union sponsored MP, in other words someone whose livelihood comes directly from the goodwill of working people, perhaps he will explain what - exactly - he has done about the asbestos found at various Council-owned sites (including the Town Hall), most pressingly the instance where workers were almost certainly exposed to hazardous dust. The HSE is investigating, yes, but is that anything at all to do with him?

Then again perhaps he is more comfortable posing for pictures? It is certainly less trouble that doing something, and doesn’t get him into trouble with ‘Strong’ Leader Robbins, who he is clearly petrified of.
I agree, mdj, but isn't the mayor’s presence more than a little hypocritical, because from what I hear trade unions are now almost wholly marginalized in the Town Hall? And as for Mr. Cryer, a trade union sponsored MP, in other words someone whose livelihood comes directly from the goodwill of working people, perhaps he will explain what - exactly - he has done about the asbestos found at various Council-owned sites (including the Town Hall), most pressingly the instance where workers were almost certainly exposed to hazardous dust. The HSE is investigating, yes, but is that anything at all to do with him? Then again perhaps he is more comfortable posing for pictures? It is certainly less trouble that doing something, and doesn’t get him into trouble with ‘Strong’ Leader Robbins, who he is clearly petrified of. NTiratsoo
  • Score: 2

11:49am Tue 27 May 14

angryofwalthamforest says...

As per usual, NTiratsoo is bellyaching about the Council and John Cryer. This time trade unions and Health and Safety. You've just said that the HSE is investigating the asbestos. In which case we have to wait for them to report back. Or are you suggesting Cryer should go in their and shovel it out by hand?!
No doubt NTiratsoo, you believe that what the Liberal/Tory Government is doing for workers rights, such as increasing fees for tribunals is the 'RIGHT' thing to do.
As per usual, NTiratsoo is bellyaching about the Council and John Cryer. This time trade unions and Health and Safety. You've just said that the HSE is investigating the asbestos. In which case we have to wait for them to report back. Or are you suggesting Cryer should go in their and shovel it out by hand?! No doubt NTiratsoo, you believe that what the Liberal/Tory Government is doing for workers rights, such as increasing fees for tribunals is the 'RIGHT' thing to do. angryofwalthamforest
  • Score: 1

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