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Save Our Safety

Construction workers lobby of Parliament

Tuesday 11 June 2013 at 13:00-15:00

SaveoursafetyDavid Cameron has declared that he is "waging war against the excessive health and safety culture that has become an albatross around the neck of British businesses". Yet in 2011/12, 49 construction workers were killed in accidents at work.

Most MPs have no idea what life on a construction site is like. They are not aware of the poor safety record that the industry has. The purpose of the lobby is for as many people as possible to meet their constituency MPs to tell them how important health and safety legislation is to the lives of workers.

How do I get involved?
To attend the lobby on 11 June contact Sonia O'Neill on 0203 371 2005 or e-mail Sonia.O'Neill@unitetheunion.org

You have the right to lobby your MP whether you voted for them or not. You can contact your MP at their surgeries in your local area or you can take part in the lobby organised on 11 June at the House of Commons. 

To take part in the lobby, you should contact your MP in advance to arrange to meet before 1.00pm on 11 June. You can see your MP as an individual or as part of a group, for example with others from your branch or region. 

How do I contact my MP in advance?
Write to them at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA and include your telephone number. A model letter can be downloaded here that you can add your details to and send to your MP. 

Alternatively, most MPs also use email now. Use our MP look facility below to contact your MP electronically.

MP look up

What happens on the day?

Your MP may suggest a time and a place to meet but if they don’t, you need to arrive at Parliament via the ramp at the Cromwell Green visitor entrance. Allow plenty of time before your meeting, as there is often a queue and you need to pass through airport-type security - so please don’t bring large bags or banners. Ask for directions to the Central Lobby. At the Central Lobby, ask the desk staff for a “green card” which is a request for your MP to come and meet you. Complete the card giving the reason for your visit. You should include as much detail as possible, e.g. to discuss compensation for asbestos victims or to discuss the scrapping of the Tower Crane Regulations. If your MP doesn’t manage to meet you, they will have to respond to the issue you have raised on the card by writing to you. If anyone in your party has accessibility issues or uses a wheelchair, telephone Parliament on 020 7219 3003 to make arrangements.

What happens at the meeting with your MP?
Think about your questions in advance. The enclosed briefing about Health and Safety includes some model questions. Make your key points briefly and politely but be prepared to ask follow-up questions of your MP. Make a note of the responses given on the lobby evaluation form. 

Save Our Safety - lobby briefing

What happens afterwards?
Between 1.00 and 3.00pm, there will be a post-lobby meeting in committee room 14 where there will be speakers and discussion. You are welcome to attend, even if you have not been able to see your MP. Please bring along your completed lobby evaluation forms to hand in so that UCATT & Unite have a record of which MPs have been contacted and what they had to say about the issues raised.

Save Our Safety - lobby evaluation form