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We agree: Red tape sure beats bloody bandages

The U.S. isn’t the only place facing a war on regulations and workers’ rights. Our friends across the pond in the U.K. are suffering an unprecedented assault on union and employment rights. And again, like in the States, it isn’t just big businesses decrying job-killing regulations; the U.K. government has made workplace health and safety the public target of its (so far pretty successful) attempt to erode basic protections, according to our ally, Rory O’Neill.

The U.K. government is stacking the board of its equivalent of OSHA, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with friendly, corporate faces. The latest addition to the HSE board? None other than the man in charge of BP Alaska when it committed safety crimes, including watching on as a contractor pumped benzene, methylene chloride and other hazardous materials down its wells (which led to an FBI and OSHA investigation and then record penalties). Just who we want in charge, right? Yeah, not so much.

Now, it’s time to fight back.

In an attempt to rally support for health and safety and workers’ rights and a progressive agenda for the safety enforcer, Rory has helped to launch a "We love red tape" campaign, ostensibly to get himself selected to the soon to be vacated post of chief executive of the HSE. His ‘candidacy’ is on a platform with workplace justice at its core.

His Facebook page, “We love red tape,” is linked here. The premise? Red tape isn’t so bad if it protects against bloody bandages. In fact, it’s the only way to prevent more workers from being hurt on the job. The Facebook page calls for an official health and safety enforcement agency that believes in justice and that thinks workers and communities should be at the center of safety policy, not the victims of it.

We all know how vital it is to have a pro-worker voice in a workplace safety agency. Let’s do everything we can to back Rory’s candidacy.

Give the Facebook page a like and a share. Workers in the U.K. need him – and his expertise – watching their backs on the job.

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