This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
FOOD workers slammed bosses who are “putting profits before health” today, accusing them of failing to protect their employees from Covid-19.
A motion calling on the bakers’ union to “name and shame” firms which neglect their statutory duties towards health and safety was unanimously passed by BFAWU delegates on the second day of the union’s annual conference.
Addressing members at Yarnfield Park near Stone, Staffordshire, delegate Dougie Johnston said: “One of the reasons we exist is to protect workers’ lives, to see a better working environment for everyone.
“If it was up to our bosses, we’d still have children marching down coalmines and shimmying up chimneys, because they don’t give a damn about our safety.
“While you were keeping people fed during the pandemic, they were counting their coins, not bothering about your safety.
“Let’s make sure these employers don’t put your lives at risk.”
The union’s successful campaign to have “bakers’ lung” classified as an industrial injury is an example of how members can make a difference, he said.
The serious respiratory disorder, otherwise known as occupational asthma, develops if workers are exposed to airborne flour, dust or other substances over a long period of time and can cause coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
Backing the motion, national president Ian Hodson said: “The work you did during the pandemic was amazing — you saved people’s lives.
“You can see the difference in lives lost in non-organised workplaces compared to ones which are organised by trade unions that have health and safety committees.
“If people feel that they are unsafe in the workplace due to an outbreak of coronavirus, then they have the right to remove themselves.
“And if our members decide to take that action, this union will support them.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £10 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.