Council planned on having jobless tear down dangerous buildings

In an effort to save money, Glostrup Council intended to have 20 people on unemployment benefits placed in a work project involving the tearing down of two old daycare centres that are filled with dangerous materials such as asbestos and PCBs. Asbestosis, cancer and respiratory problems are just some of the risks associated with asbestos and the council's plan triggered fierce criticism from unions, employers and medical experts.The 20 potential workers were told that if they did not take the job, they would lose their benefits. Demolishing the daycare centres would have cost the council 1.5 million kroner, but the cheap labour would have nearly halved the price. The outcry has caused the council to put the project on hold until the legal and health ramifications can be fully assessed.  – Politiken





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