Unite the Union London & Eastern Region shares the country's grief for those who perished in the Grenfell Tower tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathy to those who lost loved ones and our thoughts are with the injured recovering from the ordeal. We salute the efforts of our Emergency Services and the tremendous solidarity shown by the community. We thank Unite community members who have been active on the ground.
At present there are 17 recorded fatalities but this is expected to rise as the extent of this disaster unfolds. We are aware of 28 Unite members who reside in the tower block and at the time of writing 9 remain unaccounted for. We are offering support to the general community as well as supporting Unite members and their families at this traumatic time.
The Government has called for a Public Enquiry however we echo Sadiq Khan’s insistence upon an interim report, as those affected need urgent answers to this avoidable disaster. We also support Labour’s call for the immediate implementation of the recommendations made after the Lakanal House fire in 2009. This includes the installation of sprinkler systems in high-risk buildings and the reviewing of building regulations.
The root of this tragedy is Government austerity and a dysfunctional housing market in London. Unite will be intensifying its efforts for safe, decent and affordable social housing and we will be working with others to ensure the truth is heard and action taken.
The L&E Region intends to immediately donate £5000 to the disaster fund and will continue to offer our support to the community during this difficult period.
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Peter Kavanagh, Regional Secretary & Jim Kelly, Regional Chair