Calls for a public inquiry into a factory explosion in Glasgow are being renewed after its owners admitted health and safety charges.
STUC spokesman Ian Tasker reads the statement outside the court
The STUC gave a statement on behalf of six of the nine victims - Annette Doyle, Peter Ferguson, Kenneth Murray, Tracey McErlane, Tim Smith and Ann Trench.
As we have heard today, ICL Plastics and ICL Tech Ltd have pleaded guilty to breaches of health and safety legislation, breaches that subsequently led to the needless death of our loved ones.
Our lives have been on hold for the last three years and three months and we have finally found out what caused the deaths and how our loved ones died.
However, no court case or penalty imposed by the courts will bring our
families back or provide an explanation as to why they died. There is no
explanation that could satisfactorily or rationally justify why nine individuals
left their homes on the morning of 11 May, 2004, never to return again.
GLASGOW BLAST VICTIMS
Margaret Brownlie, 49, Strathaven
Annette Doyle, 34, Glasgow
Peter Ferguson, 52, Kilbarchan
Thomas McAulay, 41, Mount Florida, Glasgow
Stewart McColl, 60, West Kilbride
Tracey McErlane, 27, Possilpark, Glasgow
Kenneth Murray, 45, Paisley
Timothy Smith, 31, Johnstone
Ann Trench, 34, Colston, Glasgow
It is now time for the concerns of the families to be taken into account and we continue to call for a wide-reaching public inquiry that provides us with
answers as to why these health and safety breaches occurred.
We will be asking for a meeting with the lord advocate to make our views
clear regarding what we expect from a public inquiry.
For us, the process goes on and we would hope that the lord advocate will
ensure that steps are taken to ensure that, for our sakes, any future inquiry
will be held as soon as possible.
This inquiry first and foremost needs to provide us with some of the answers as to why this happened and why so many individuals suffered significant injury.
As we said, nothing can return our loved ones to us, nor restore the health
of those seriously injured both physically and psychologically.
However, a wide public hearing can help to ensure that other families are far less likely to have to suffer in the way we have since May 2004.