Anneliese has spoken out in the European Parliament about the 'appalling' toll of work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses in the region.
In advance of International Workers Memorial Day (the 28th of April), she highlighted how 10 people were killed at work in the South East last year, over 9000 were injured, and an estimated 184,000- two full Wembley stadiums- were made ill by the work they were doing.
Anneliese said: "Although the number of work-related deaths and injuries has gone down substantially over the last forty years, progress recently has been pretty slow. We still see appalling cases in the South East of England where workers have been killed or severely injured at work. That's not to mention the diseases and other illnesses which many working people have contracted because their workplace was unsafe. Not only does this cause huge problems for workers themselves, it costs the British economy millions.
I know from talking to many employers across the South East that the vast majority want to treat their employees fairly, but a stubborn minority are not taking the precautions they should. I took the opportunity to raise the persistence of workplace-related incidents in the European Parliament, to try and force both European and British politicians to take the issue more seriously".
Anneliese's intervention came just before events in the South East to commemorate International Workers Memorial Day today, including in Portsmouth (a minutes silence to be held at noon at the Worker's Memorial, Victoria Park, followed by speakers) and Southampton (Unison and Unite gathering at Workers Memorial Bench in Andrew Park, 12 noon).
Anneliese’s full speech in the European Parliament can be watched here.