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Campaigners make a stand against asbestos


TRADE unionists and safety campaigners joined forces last week to protest against the continuing danger posed to construction workers by asbestos.

Both groups chose Workers' Memorial Day last Friday to stage a march and rally in central London, supported by Ucatt, T&G and the GMB.

The event was organised by the Construction Safety Campaign. A spokesman said: 'The core message is that asbestos is a proven killer.

Deregulation will cost lives because it downgrades perception of the hazard and self-regulation will cost lives because experience has shown not all contractors can be trusted.'

The HSE has recently consulted on proposals to remove working on asbestos under certain conditions from the current licensing regime.

The CSC spokesman said: 'This will expose a variety of construction workers to the killer material.

'The cumulative effect of working on a large number of jobs puts these workers at risk.' Workers Memor ia l Day commemorates all those killed in industrial accidents.

HSC chairman Bill Callaghan said: 'We fully support the efforts of trade unions and the wider labour movement in remembering those affected by workplace accidents.'