Grenfell Towers - Unite appeal
The full horror of the fire at the Grenfell Tower is yet to unfold but we do know that there has been many fatalities, serious injuries and hundreds of people have been left destitute and in despair.
There are very many questions to be asked about the cause of this tradgedy, and when the time is appropriate this union will be redoubling its efforts to put decent, safe social housing back on the political agenda. There are thousands of such towers around the UK. We must ensure that they pose no risk to human life.
Unite has donated £100,000 to the Red Cross London Fire Relief appeal set up to assist the people affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and will be providing legal assistance to the residents to ensure that they are able to pursue the inquiry that is urgently needed to shine the light on the full causes of the horrific blaze, which has already claimed many lives, including those of Unite members.
Unite's General Secretary Len McCluskey said: “Our hearts go out to those grieving after this horrific event. Innocent people lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower, hundreds more are left destitute and in despair. We must get answers as to how this happened, and action to ensure that this never happens again.
“Unite itself is grieving at the loss of our members who lived in that tower. We are volunteering on the ground in an effort to offer the community our every assistance during this traumatic time. We hope that this union’s donation can make some contribution to the fund to rebuild lives.
“We cannot comprehend the suffering of those who survived but we can support them to get justice in what was an entirely preventable tragedy. Unite will be offering full legal support for all victims of this horrific event.
“We will not rest until the full truth of what has gone is uncovered, and we will not be allowing the shameful cuts to legal aid to prevent that truth from being exposed. Unite is sending lawyers to the community and has set up a Freephone number for anyone needing legal assistance.
“Furthermore, the public inquiry must ensure that it is the correct route to deliver justice. The people of Grenfell must be able to hold the entire decision-making chain to account.
“The honest exposure of the reasons for this avoidable human tragedy is the very least the Grenfell community deserves from this government.”
But we also need your help. We need you to donate to the fund to support the residents of Grenfell Tower.
Can your branch make a donation to help those affected by this horror through these very dark times?
If so, please donate to:
Sort code 60 83 01
With very many thanks
National Officer, Community, Youth and Not for Profit Sector, Unite