Figures at a record low on the 40th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The number of people who lose their lives at work has dropped sharply by 85 per cent over the past forty years, from over 650 every year in 1974 to a record low of 133 today, new figures reveal.

The number of injuries at work has also reduced considerably by 77 per cent over the same time period, from 336,701 to 78,222. The statistics illustrate the enormous impact of an act that created a flexible, proportionate and world class regulatory system.

The 1974 Act paved the way for the creation of the Health and Safety Commission and the establishment of the Health and Safety Executive as we know it today, which regulates health and safety law working with industry to help them manage their health and safety risks effectively and also bringing irresponsible employers to justice. 
 Analyses the latest Ministry of Justice statistics and reveals the following key findings:

· Women are among the biggest losers, there has been an 80 per cent fall in the number of women pursuing sex discrimination claims. Just 1,222 women took out claims between January and March 2014, compared to 6,017 over the same period in 2013.
The number of women pursuing pregnancy discrimination claims is also down by over a quarter (26 per cent), with just 3 per cent of women seeking financial compensation after losing their jobs.

· Race and disability claims have plummeted, during the first three months of 2014 the number of race discrimination and sexual orientation claims both fell by 60 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.
Disability claims have experienced a 46 per cent year-on-year reduction.
Trade Union Strike Rally!
Come to our strike Rally

Strike Day – Thursday 10th July
The bandstand, Carlisle town centre
Gather from 12.30- speakers from 1pm

Listen to UNISON member Lee Sherrif
and
Branch activists from other public sector unions

Bring flags, branch banners, placards, family and friends

See you there!
Paul Kenny tells conference shadow chancellor's plans for national care service 'will just reshuffle the chairs on the Titanic'

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, would "give a headache to an aspirin" and could block radical plans to introduce integrated health and social care, the GMB union leader, Paul Kenny, has claimed.
Cumbria LGBT Pride
Headlined by the Vengaboys
Old Town Hall, Carlisle City Centre
Saturday 14 June 2014, 1pm to 5pm

Everybody Welcome

Cumbria Pride is proud to present Vengaboys plus other talented performers from Cumbria and across the UK at the first Carlisle city centre Cumbria Pride event, in front of the Old Town Hall, on Saturday 14 June, from 1pm to 5pm; Family Friendly, Everybody Welcome from those in pushchairs to adults, with Charity Stalls providing advice & information relevant to the LGBT community & Trade Stands. This Carlisle city centre event is the first of its kind and is a giant leap forward for equality and diversity in Cumbria.

LGBThq, 6-8 Fisher St, Carlisle, CA3 8RN is open from 5pm, including the Official After Show Party at The Regency nightclub from 5pm to 4am, including listed & surprise acts. Tickets available at the Regency bar at the main Cumbria Pride event in Carlisle City Centre, between 1 & 5pm, and on the door at LGBThq after 5pm (both raising money for Cumbria Pride 2015).

For further information please ring 01228 267247 (between 10am & 8pm), or email pam.eland@cumbriapride.com (any time).
Almost a million trade union members to benefit from “first of its kind” one stop legal service

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) and GMB announced a “first of its kind” trade union legal firm. UNIONLINE will provide a comprehensive legal service to almost a million trade union members as the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) granted its licence today (Thursday 22nd May 2014).

CWU general secretary Billy Hayes said: "Unionline is a unique opportunity for both the CWU and GMB to compete in a previously highly-regulated industry. We want to make sure our members get the very best legal advice and by creating and operating our own legal services we can ensure that.