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Pictures: 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 industry.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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