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Derek Maylor, Chairperson

Trump never fails to make himself noticed but his love of asbestos has now made him the star of a Russian asbestos mining company called Uralasbest, who have started using his picture on their chrysotile asbestos products in the way companies use “Suppliers to HM Queen Elizabeth 2nd” on their products.

Despite the best efforts of the brilliant Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) in the US the Environmental Protection Agency did not ban new asbestos products outright, merely offering to evaluate new uses of asbestos. Trump has previously described the anti-asbestos campaign as a mob conspiracy. Welcome to the mob then.

Recently a study evidenced asbestos that asbestos may exacerbate and hasten mesothelioma not just initiate it finding that the more intense the expose the quicker the appalling symptoms progress.  Mesothelioma generally has very long latency time and usually develops many years after initial exposure to asbestos. We have to get it seen by our younger colleagues that for those young workers evidence suggest that asbestos exposure early in life makes for greater contribution to mesothelioma risk than any exposure later in life.

The TUC have no doubt been answering numerous calls from people working in temperatures that are not only uncomfortable but bordering on dangerous to their health. You are quite likely to get dizzy when working in 35C heat and if the worker is up a ladder this is clearly dangerous.  The Coord were on a HSE working party in Rose Court many years ago when we were trying to get a maximum temperature of 30°C (or 27°C for strenuous work) as at the moment employers can make token efforts to be seen to try and help. That is still the Coord, the CWU and the HSE policy.

The lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations is putting people in the UK at risk – not my claim but that from the UK Home Affairs Committee. |

One of their main conclusions was that the vast gap between the UK and EU negotiating positions on security mean that there is a serious risk that crucial aspects of security cooperation will end after Brexit, when the transition runs out in 2020.

There is an agreement on the Second Generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) without which the UK will give up access to a database of over 70 million alerts that are used by police all over the EU it identify suspected offenders and prevent serious crime. Whilst I have always been committed to Remain, clearly, the Government must put workable contingency plans in place for a now likely ‘no deal’ scenario.

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