Union: This is a 'cut in throat of safety regulations'

This all-out attack on safety will have lethal consequences for workers and the public alike as businesses are given the green light to cut corners.

Vince Cable's set of plans will drag the clock back and goes hand in hand with massive cuts to the enforcement arm of the health and safety executive.

This isn't about cutting red tape, it's about cutting the throat of safety regulations and the trade unions will mobilise a massive campaign of resistance.

– Bob Crow, leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport union

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Cable vows to cut back red tape

Hundreds of thousands of businesses are to be exempted from health and safety inspections under moves announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable today.