Union condemns PM ‘health and safety’ remarks

05 January 2012

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF the train drivers’ union, today condemned disparaging remarks made by the Prime Minister about health and safety at work.

David Cameron used his first public engagement of the year to tell business owners in Berkshire that he was declaring ‘war’ on what he described as the ‘excessive health and safety culture that has become an albatross around the neck of British businesses’.

The government plans to halve the number of existing health and safety regulations by the end of the year and to impose a cap on legal fees that can be charged to an employer.

‘It is a sad reflection on our society that the words ‘health’ and ‘safety’ can be mocked by our Prime Minister,’ Mick said. ‘These are not dirty words. It is the basic mark of a civilized society that people should be protected from death and injury – and this must apply equally to the work environment as anywhere else.’

Mick insisted that his union would continue to do everything in its power to ensure safe conditions for everyone on the railway – both staff and passengers.

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