The UK and Ireland’s largest union, Unite extended the hand of solidarity to the Grenfell community and London’s firefighters today (Tuesday 29 October).

Unite, which is representing almost 70 families in the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, criticised the inquiry’s report for being ‘back to front’ saying its priority should have been to focus on the causes of the fire before the evacuation.

In supporting families affected by the Grenfell Tower, Unite is pursuing a judicial review over the failure to rehouse people, in addition to personal injury cases and legal action in the United States over the tower’s cladding.

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary for political and legal affairs Howard Beckett said: “It is wrong that the inquiry has chosen not to start with the cladding or sprinkler failures and government inaction, but instead on the men and women of London Fire Brigade who risked their lives to save others.

“This focus of the inquiry’s report risks diverting attention from the central causes of the Grenfell Tower tragedy which are associated with greed, big business, the failure of regulation and a Conservative local authority.

“All the while ministers are avoiding scrutiny and we still have the scandal of people living in fear because of failures to remove dangerous cladding from buildings.

“Unite stands in solidarity with the Grenfell families, the Fire Brigades Union and the men and women of London’s Fire Brigade. We will not rest until we achieve justice and answers for the families of Grenfell and secure the changes in regulation necessary to stop another tragedy.”


For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.