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Unite statement on the Grenfell Tower fire

Unite statement on the Grenfell Tower fire

14 June 2017

Unite sends solidarity to all affected by the shocking fire at Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West estate in London.  

We offer our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones and our thoughts are with all those now having to live with the aftermath of last night’s horrific blaze.

We salute the courage of the firefighters, local residents, the police and ambulance crews who responded with speed and heroism, and pay tribute to the hospital staff caring for the very many in need. Once again our public servants have shown that they are a genuine credit to our country.  

It is essential that the 400-600 people made homeless are rehoused locally in secure and affordable accommodation rapidly. The government must move fast and no talk of lack of money can be accepted in this situation.

Unite has members who live in Grenfell Tower. We are doing our utmost to locate them, and to offer every support to them and their neighbours. Our Community members are already mobilising collections for essentials, such as clothing, food and toiletries.

Clearly there are very many questions to be asked about the cause of the blaze, and when the time is appropriate this union will be redoubling its efforts to push decent, safe social housing up the political agenda. There are thousands of such towers around the UK.  We must ensure that they pose no risk to human life.

But for today we need to rally around the people affected and this devastated community.

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.