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The Midlands TUC has launched a campaign to close a loophole which enables dying workers to be sacked by their employers, robbing them of "death-in-service" benefits and much else besides.

GERMAN MPs are finally to have access to documents relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
It’s a relief to know that, when the United States and European Union are negotiating an important trade deal, at least some elected representatives of the people are allowed a look in.
Except they’re not — not really.

Stephen Cavalier had heard a lot about the exploitation of the migrant workers building Qatar’s World Cup dream. But nothing prepared him for the shock of seeing it first hand on a UNITE delegation last week organised by Building Workers’ International (BWI – the global construction unions’ federation.)

A Staffordshire farming firm has been sentenced for safety failings after a Polish worker had to have his arm amputated when it was caught in the rollers of a potato grading machine.

The Office of Chief Constable of West Midlands Police has been sentenced for a health and safety offence after a serving officer was injured while disposing of weaponry.

It’s estimated that bullying costs the UK economy £17bn a year according to the Guardian, and is widely believed to have a detrimental effect upon the productivity of contract workers in both the UK and US.

Commenting on a government announcement today (Tuesday) that the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme Levy 2015/16 will be reduced to £23.2m from £32m in 2014/2015, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We are very disappointed that the mesothelioma levy is being reduced.

Executives at the world’s biggest asbestos factory spied on journalists and environmental campaigners who exposed the killer dust’s dangers and then launched a covert campaign to accuse them of being communists, it can be revealed.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a legal duty to provide a medical service, making sure our bodies aren’t chockful of deadly substances or otherwise wrecked at work.

But, finds Hazards editor Rory O’Neill, its medical division is nearing extinction, the whole occupational medicine profession could follow suit and the UK’s workplace diseases crisis is continuing unchecked.

Leading industry figures and other key influencers are being urged to have a say in shaping the future strategy for Great Britain’s health and safety system.

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