Martin Firrell
Safety at Work
Miners' Federation of Great Britain
began representing the interests of British mine workers in 1889 (changing its name to the
National Union of Mineworkers
in 1944).

The union banner of the
Gedling Colliery
branch in Nottinghamshire declared: 'From darkness into light, socialism, safety at work, unity is strength, nationalisation, five-day week, family allowances.' 

This contemporary artwork re-states some of those ideas as a reminder that it was
Friendly Societies
and the trade union movement that first made work safer, reduced working hours, and paved the way for the National Health Service. 

'Safety at Work' is part of, a mass public art project calling for greater social justice.

It aims to create debate about power and gender, women's equality and masculinity, alternative forms of economic and social organisation, black power, and solidarity between people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

It includes posters, publications and events supported in 2018-19 by the artist's residency with leading Out of Home media company
Clear Channel UK.
Part Of
Union City
Digital billboard
UK, July 2019
800 x 400px 72dpi RGB jpeg
Hi-res image
Artist in Residence, Clear Channel UK