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(en) UK, Direct Action #28 - Wage Slavery - Know your rights - stuff your boss

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Date Wed, 8 Oct 2003 07:25:57 +0200 (CEST)


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Casualisation kills. Almost two million of us are now employed on
a ‘temporary’ basis. Thousands of us die through work
each year, and many more are seriously injured. The vast majority
of cases are easily preventable. Millions suffer crippling back
pain, repetitive strain injuries, and many other long-term injuries
and illnesses simply because employers put profits first.
All workplaces are potentially dangerous, and all work can kill -
and the most vulnerable are temporary and agency workers. The
majority of temporary and agency workers are not self-employed,
but employees, with similar rights to other workers. However, our
rights to basic Health and Safety are often neglected or totally
ignored. As Tony O’Brien, of the Construction Safety
Campaign, said; “On average, in the UK, 85 construction
workers lose their lives in what the government say are mostly
predictable and preventable incidents caused by some failure of
management by employers.”

Standing up for ourselves
Casualisation and so-called flexible working are ways of
undermining working conditions and exploiting us more than ever.
They also make permanent jobs more vulnerable. So casualisation
does not only affect temporary and agency workers, but all
workers.

Clearly, it is not enough having a few statutory and contractual
rights at work; we need to stand together to ensure that the rights
long fought for are respected. The most effective way of
defending our rights is by organising ourselves and taking
collective direct action. Defending our rights is just the start.
Once we achieve this, we can start to take the initiative.

The text on this page is extracted from the newly updated
“stuff your boss” leaflet - for free copies, write to:
SolFed, PO Box 1095, Sheffield S2 4YR.
solfed@solfed.org.uk



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