COVID-19 has taken health and safety off the table as an industrial issue
It was the 1980s rock singer Pat Benatar who once sang “Stop Using Sex as a Weapon”. In the building industry, it’s health and safety, not sex, that’s often the weapon of choice. No one denies building sites are inherently dangerous and taking health and safety seriously is important. But all too often health and safety have been used by unions as a de facto industrial weapon to disrupt work and delay projects.