Families of victims of corporate killings join unions in protest
at crane registration deregulation
03 July A
coalition of groups protested outside the Department of Work &
Pensions over plans to reduce workplace safety and endanger the
lives of workers.
In particular protesters voiced their opposition
to deregulation of crane registration. Many of the current
regulations were brought in after the Battersea Tower Crane
collapse in 2006, where the inquest revealed an inadequate
safety regulation regime was widespread through out the
The protest was called by Families Against
Corporate Killers (FACK) and was supported by Battersea Trades
Council, UCATT, Unite, Hazards and the NSSN.
Families Against Corporate Killers speaking at the protest today
Speaking at the protests Liliana Alexa from the
Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group condemned the moves by DWP
Minister Chris Grayling to lighten regulation.
Rob Williams from the NSSN pointed out the move
was purely to boost construction companies profits. Deregulation
had proved to be a disaster in the finacial industry and would
be equally so in the construction industry.
Rob Williams addresses the protest
Following the protest at the DWP a meeting was
held in Parliament with speakers including FBU General Secretary
Matt Wrack, Dawn Adams from Families Against Corporate
Killers and MPs Jeremy Corbyn & John MacDonnell
All photo's by Sean Figg