MW Solicitors Head of Personal Injury, Helen Clifford, presented a cheque for £6,000 to the Construction Safety Campaign (CSC).
This cheque being a donation from Marta Tkacikova, in memory of her son Rene Tkacik who was killed on 7 March 2014 while working on Crossrail. Marta said:
“We would like to thank the CSC for their words of support & empathy. This donation is in memory of Rene. He always strived to help & inspire others. There is no doubt that thanks to Rene other workers’ lives have been saved. Rene’s name should not be forgotten, it should live on. If each place where a worker lost his life while performing his duties were named after him, then Holborn station would bear Rene’s name. Our world is empty without you, our dear Rene.”
Mick Gilgunn, Treasurer of the CSC, said:
“We would like to Thank Rene's family for this kind donation, we can only imagine the pain they must be going through. These funds, together with our existing funds in the bank along with the help of fellow activists, and with a new enthusiasm, make it possible to build upon, and we will continue the struggle for justice for Construction workers.”
At the AGM, Helen was elected to the CSC committee in the role of legal adviser. Helen Clifford said:
“I am honoured to be elected to the CSC committee. Since it was set up in 1988 the CSC has played a vital role in campaigning for improved health & safety in the construction industry & has secured many significant improvements. In addition, they support the families of those who have been killed at work. My dad was a founding member, the CSC is part of my heritage & I look forward to playing a role in the future of this vital campaign.”
About The Construction Safety Campaign
The Construction Safety Campaign is a grass roots organisation which campaigns against the criminal injustices done to Construction Workers Health and Safety.
Formed in 1988, it aims to further the concerns of Health and Safety Workers in the Construction Industry and to campaing for changes in Law to extend criminal charges in cases of corporate manslaughter and Health and Safety negligence. Many others from both public and private sectors are now taking up our demands that we deserve far better health and safety at work.
New ways of working has intensified the pressure on all groups of workers and as such workplace stress is having an increased and severe detrimental effect on all of us.
Relatives of those killed at work have joined the CSC to campaign for a Safety Bill, which will make it far easier to jail guilty employers whose recklessness leads to their workers deaths.
CSC has also led the fight to ban asbestos imports into the UK, resulting in changes to the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations.