Branch Secretary :

History of the Struggle for Health and Safety

Special course organised by our branch

Unite the Housing Workers is delighted to invite you to sign up for a unique course dealing with The History of the Struggle for Health and Safety.


Struggle with Health and Safety


The course will run for three sessions commencing on Tuesday 2nd November running from 6.30pm - 8pm. The course will be conducted over zoom and no previous experience is necessary. Our trainer is Jim Horton, a qualified Unite trainer who has taught and written widely on the subject matter.

Session 1 will deal with the early history of the struggles around health and safety up to and including the 19th century.

Session 2 deals with the 20th century history up to 1974 with a focus on the conditions which led to the passing of the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act and whether this Act was or still is fit for purpose.

Session 3 deals with the period of 1974 to the present day including the recent struggles around Covid measures and issues related to this such as the fight for well ventilated workplaces. 
The dates on which each session will take place are as follows: 2nd, 16th and 30th November. 

I would highly recommend attendance on this course!

The aim of the course is not to go over the technical processes surrounding health and safety inspections but instead to place the importance of the fight for safety in a political context, to understand how and why workers struggled collectively to improve their conditions and why that remains relevant to issues in the workplaces of today and the methods we use.  All sessions would of course highlight the role workers’ struggles played in the development of health and safety legislation and the importance of trade union control of health and safety.

The teaching will not be in the style of a long lecture, it will be interactive and student focused.

To secure your place on the course please confirm your attendance by responding to this email, further details will follow once you have expressed your interest.

When you respond please also include a mobile contact number. My email:

Please sign up today!
Nick Auvache
Branch Organiser
Unite Housing Workers Branch


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