On the day that all 12 pupils and members of their school football club are recovered alive from the underground cave structures which were partly flooded due to early heavy rainfall prior to the start of the country’s monsoon season; this website can report that Derek Maylor, Chair of the North West BT Unions Health & Safety Co-ord; had last weekend, emailed the CWU’s head of Health & Safety calling for the Union to spear-head a call to give official UK recognition to the bravery of the teacher accompanying the young footballers which has since resulted in the saving of their lives.
There should be some sort of personal recognition for Ekkapol shown by the UK and the CWU could drive it. It could be from CWU, TUC, Labour Party, the PFA and so one. It may be already going on but I don’t know of anything but if not CWU H and S Dept. would be seen as leading it ourselves in recognising his leadership – safety from the front.
Incidentally Ekkapol’s back story is a sign to his leadership – both his parents died by the time he was ten, his remaining family placed him in a Buddhist monastery as they couldn’t pay for his education, after eight years he left the temple to look after his grandmother."
Unionsafety will report on the response from the CWU in due course.