The TUCG would like to send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Dave Hopper of the Durham Miners.
His funeral will take place on Friday 29 Julny at 9.45am in the Miners' HQ, Redhill, Durham. leaving Redhills at approx 11.00am for internment at Southwick Cemetry.
As Britons swelter in the Summer heat, MPs are calling for a change in the law to force bosses to give their workers adequate breaks and cold drinks in the workplace.
Ian Mearns, Labour MP for Gateshead, has proposed the change in an Early Day Motion (344) on the House of Commons order paper. The move is known to have the backing of the TUC, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled a similar motion last year.
"Bosses are required to make sure that temperatures in the workplace are "reasonable", but although the law specifies a minimum figure for really cold temperatures, there is nothing to determine when the workplace is getting too hot.
It's not a question of stopping work when it gets to 30 degrees. But employers should know when they have a legal duty to give their workers proper breaks to cool down or provide cold drinks."
The motion, which will not be voted on, cites heat in the workplace as "a matter of concern for workers in a wide range of workplaces including offices, schools, shops, bakeries, vehicles, trains, call-centres, theatres and construction sites".
It calls for the introduction into law of " a maximum working temperature of 30 degrees Celsius or 27 degrees Celsius for those doing strenuous work, beyond which employers would have a statutory duty to introduce effective control measures".
EDM 344 can be found in full here