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Fatality at Laing O'Rourke construction site promp...

Fatality at Laing O'Rourke construction site prompts Unite to demand access

08 November 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, is calling on Laing O'Rourke and its subsidiary Crown House to now allow the union access to its construction site for the new Francis Crick Institute near Kings Cross where a construction worker suffered fatal injuries on Wednesday (6 November).

Despite numerous requests Unite prior to this tragic incident has been refused access to the Francis Crick site by Crown House to support members working on the project.

Unite assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail said: "This fatality is a tragedy and our condolences go out to the bereaved family and friends.

"This is a harsh reminder of the importance of high standards of health & safety in an industry that is extremely dangerous. Trade unions have a role to play in maintaining safe working environments but Laing O'Rourke has bizarrely banned Unite officials from their sites. There is no place for anti-trade union behaviour in an industry where we should be working together in the interests of safety. We urge Laing O'Rourke and its subsidiary Crown House to give Unite access to the sites to support workers and help make improvements where necessary."

ENDS

Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland's largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.