Matthew Holder speaks to chair of the Hazards Campaign, Janet Newsham, about its approach to the pandemic.

A UK-wide network of campaigners with a long history of calling out injustice at work, Hazards has stood almost alone during the pandemic in how they take on anyone they see as failing to uphold the safety of working people.

“Do the government follow the science? No. They follow their political views and fit the science around it.” Janet leans forward to further push the point home. “They are prepared to put workers’ lives at risk. It’s always business first.”

In a summer of mixed Covid-19 messages, one organisation stood out with a very clear view about what should be done and what has gone wrong in the UK’s response to the pandemic. Hazards Campaign, a UK-wide network of activists and trade unionists, is led by Janet Newsham who explains the approach.

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