As you will be aware, 14th June 2019 marked the two year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire in which 72 people lost their lives. In the two years since the tragedy occurred, trade unions, and a number of CWU members in the London Region, have played an active role in supporting the local community.
One of the campaign groups that was established by the community in the wake of the fire is Justice4Grenfell (J4G), which has been working closely with and has been strongly supported by the FBU. J4G has organised the monthly silent walks that take place in Kensington on the 14th of every month and organised the march on 15th June which was publicised to CWU members in LTB 368/19.
J4G is campaigning to ensure the individuals and authorities that were responsible for the fire are properly held to account and has been a critical voice over the lack of prosecutions, the continued failure by the government to remove cladding or install sprinklers in other buildings, the number of people who have yet to be rehoused and the paucity of the local Council’s response. Together with public campaigning it is engaging with the Grenfell Inquiry which will enter its second stage at the end of this year.
We believe the work J4G is doing is hugely important and that the Grenfell disaster would never have happened if the voices of working class people had been listened to in the first place. The NEC has agreed to make a donation to support the work of Justice4Grenfell and we would also ask CWU branches to consider doing so themselves. More information on Justice4Grenfell can be found on its website https://justice4grenfell.org.
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