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Ucatt backs relatives' Westminster protest over corporate killing Bill

CONSTRUCTION unions and relatives of people killed at work held a series of demonstrations at Westminster on Tuesday to protest over new laws on corporate manslaughter.

The protests - held by Ucatt, the T&G and act ion g roup Fam il ies Against Corporate Killing (FACK) - marked the second reading of the Government's Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Bill.

Ucatt said it does not go far enough to punish negligent firms for workplace deaths.

General secretary Alan Ritchie said: 'A crucial test of this Bill is whether it will be able to hold the guilty to account in the future, and at the moment, it won't. Hundreds of workers are losing their lives every year, and will continue to do so unless the Government acts to change workplace health and safety culture by making negligent bosses responsible.'

Although companies can be hit with unlimited fines and remedial orders under the new law, trade unions are angry that the Government has decided against making directors individually liable for accidents under the new o ffence of corporate homicide.

They have warned that even by the Government's own estimates, the legislation, which is still going through Parliament, will lead to just a handful of extra prosecutions a year.