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Invitation to attend London Hazards Centre trustees’ AGM, and to affiliate or subscribe

Invitation to attend London Hazards Centre trustees’ AGM, and to affiliate or subscribe
Since its foundation in 1989, London Hazards Centre has been dedicated to making London a safer place to live and work by providing accurate scientific analyses and information to repudiate the deliberately misleading data used by unethical corporations in their unscrupulous determination to maximise profits by any means necessary.

 

The most blatant use of deliberately falsified data was the Volkswagen emissions scandal whereby engineers caused the vehicles’ NOx output to meet the required standards during regulatory testing but emit up to 40 times more NOx in real-world driving. Volkswagen deployed this programming in about eleven million cars between 2009 to 2015. So far, nobody has been charged for any criminal damage.

 

In short, the need to provide accurate scientific analyses and information is increasing just when the Tories and their counterparts elsewhere are undermining the enlightened safeguards necessary to prevent this misuse of science in the service of mercenary corporations.

 

The £30k annual grant London Hazards Centre receives from Trust for London (for which we are very grateful) is less than a third of the £100k we used to receive from London Councils before their political allegiances changed in alignment with the change of administrations in parliament.

 

Although we are viable, this funding is insufficient for us to commission professional environmental analysts and writers to write the factsheets we used to publish regularly. Our Trust for London funding must be used to mitigate those we identified as most at risk, new migrant workers. This leaves our project worker Paul with little time to assist with our magazine and web-site, research and write articles and submit bids to other funding bodies. If we are to step up the fight to make London safer, we will need either more revenue for more project workers’ time, or more research and articles written by well-informed volunteers.

 

Please consider attending the AGM of the LHC trustees on the evening of December 13th, 6pm in the Diskus Room at Unite the Union headquarters, 128 Theobald’s Road, Holborn, WC1X 8TN. The formalities will begin at 6pm and should not take more than 30 minutes. We have invited 4 activists to speak briefly about the exemplary campaigns they are leading to maintain health and safety standards with the groups they represent.

 

Baroness Jenny Jones of the Green Party will speak on developing campaigns to tackle London’s air pollution

 

Dave Smith of the Blacklist Support Group will speak on the state’s covert interference in environmental and trade union activities

 

Barry Faulkner of Unite the Union will speak on Unite’s push-back against the unfair unsafe management by SportsDirect

 

A Unite rank and file electrician will speak on the struggle for trade union recognition and safe working practices whilst tunnelling for Crossrail

 

We hope you will be inspired by their contributions and Q&A, which we expect to take about an hour. After that, we hope you will join us for some light refreshments.

 

If you are a member of a not-for-profit organisation which has not yet affiliated to LHC, please consider affiliating.

 

Best wishes

Philip Lewis

LHC trustees’ Vice Chair

 

Affiliation rates:

Community group, tenants’ and residents’ association £20

Trades Council, law centre and advice/resource centre £30

Tenants federation, trade union branch up to 300 members £40

Trade union branch more than 300 members £75

Regional trade union or other federation of organisations £120

National trade union or not-for profit organisation £240

 

Subscription rates:

Unwaged person £10

Employed person £20

Commercial organisation £300

 

Please make cheques payable to the ‘London Hazards Centre Trust’, and post to The London Hazards Centre, 227 Seven Sisters Road, London N4 2DA.    

 

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