Inspectors take funding cuts protest to the Commons


Inspectors take funding cuts protest to the Commons

Prospect members in the Health and Safety Executive did lobby MPs at a House of Commons rally 28 October to highlight the funding crisis in the safety body which has resulted in a cut in the number of frontline safety inspectors.

The move is part of Prospect’s campaign to secure sensible funding for the HSE, which has seen a real term drop in funding in 2003 and over the next three years. HSE’s budget of £260m for 2003 amounts to less than 20p per week to protect each of the UK’s 27 million workers.

The rally took place between 2 and 4pm in committee room six and was addressed by Michael Clapham MP, chair of the all-party occupational safety and health group.

Other speakers included Prospect HSE branch chair, Stephen Kay, TUC senior health and safety policy officer, Owen Tudor and Prospect general secretary Paul Noon who chaired the meeting.

Inspectors from Prospect’s HSE branch protested outside St Stephens entrance at 1.40pm on 28 October with a banner bearing their message – Cut risks, not safety workers.