The 28th April is International Workers’ Memorial Day the day each year when workers come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work.

The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the living”.

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Offshore Oil & Gas  Industry sector, is a high hazard high-risk sector  Health & Safety  is the trade union`s no 1 priority  keeping workers safe and  bringing accountability to employers and Industry stakeholders, and government departments

If you are a Unite member and an offshore safety rep, Get Active, Get Organised and recruit more members into your trade union  Unite  Health & Safety courses are open to members.

Sadly, it is all too likely that know someone who has died at work, has been injured in the workplace or is suffering from an occupational disease.

IWMD 2017: An organised workplace is a safe workplace

This year Unite are highlighting the message that an organised workplace is a safe workplace, while also recognising the vital work of Unite safety reps in ensuring that their fellow workers are safe at work.

It has been found that workplaces that have union safety reps and a safety committee have half the major injury rate of companies that don’t have these structures.

Safety reps play an enormously positive role in society. In 2016 research found that safety reps in the UK saved between £219 million to £725 million by reducing lost time caused by injuries and illness.

The role of union safety reps is increasingly vital. Continued government attacks on safety laws, safety regulations and huge cuts to the funding of the Health and Safety Executive mean that unions and their safety reps are increasingly in the frontline of workplace safety. If unions aren’t keeping their workplaces safe then it is unlikely that anyone else will.

Unions make work SAFE: Decent work for all!

Unite has fought hard to secure safe workplaces and with strong organised workplaces we can ensure that such incidents and tragedies do not happen again.

For further information on IWMD please email Health & Safety

Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017

Friday 28 April 12pm
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD

Friday 28 April, 3pm
Pier Gardens, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at:

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at:

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at:

Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, “Workers Memorial Day Tree “ – See more at:

Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, “Workers Memorial Day Tree – See more at:

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at:

Bolton event – Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017 – See more at:

Workers Memorial Day event, Chorley – Memorial Service
Date – April 28
Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, “Workers Memorial Day Tree“
Meet – At the Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley at 17:45
Speakers include – Lindsay Hoyle MP, Janet Newsham – Greater Manchester Hazards, Keith Martin – Unite Health & Safety Rep. Father Marsden
Organiser – Steven Turner – Chorley Branch Secretary,

Friday 28 April 2017
8.30am – 8.30pm
Intu Centre level 1, West Mall, Derby DE1 2PL
Interactive 3D artwork to raise awareness of Workplace Hazards. Visitors are encouraged to come along and negotiate workplace hazards to get to a safe place of work. Please take photos and share on social media #safeworkplaces

Date and Time – Thursday 27 April at 10am
Venue – Alameda Gardens
Speakers – Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar and a representative of Unite the union

Friday 28 April, 1pm
Grounds of the War Memorial, Nunn’s Corner, Grimsby

Friday 28 April, 12.30pm
Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool

Friday 28 April, 10am
Grounds of the War Memorial, Pelham Road, Immingham

Friday 28 April, 11,30am
St Anne’s Cathedral before walking to Victoria Gardens

Friday 28 April 11:30am
South Piazza of Georges Dock Building, Pier Head Liverpool L3 1DD
Followed at
1pm -2pm
Speeches and seminar at Unite Building, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool L3 8EF

London Building Workers’ statue 
Date – Friday 28 April
Venue – Building Worker Statute at Tower Hill next to the Tower of London
Time: Assemble at 10:30am for an event lasting approximately one hour.
Confirmed speakers: Mary Bousted (general secretary of ATL and TUC president), Gail Cartmail (acting general secretary Unite the union), Gunde Odgaard (general secretary for the Danish building trades), Peter Kavanagh, regional secretary Unite London and Eastern Region. In addition there will be speakers from two safety campaign organisations. Followed by wreath laying and release of black balloons.

Friday 28 April 12 noon – 1pm
Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street, Manchester M2 5LN
Orgnaised by joint North West unions, GM Hazards/FACK Rally
Speakers include: Tracey Seward, Families Against Corporate Killers, Debbie Abrahams MP, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, Andy Burnham MP Labour mayoral candidate.
Music by Claire Mooney
At 1pm hot drinks will be provided at the People’s History Museum

Milton Keynes
Sunday 23rd April assemble 11am-11.30 am event concludes 1pm
Meet in John Lewis car park, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EP
Five minute walk to MK Rose and accompanied by a brass band
Event will include two minute silence, wreath laying and speeches. Free hot drinks.

Friday 28 April, 11.45am
Workers’ Memorial, Victoria Park, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Trade Council is organising the event. There will be a minutes silence at noon followed by the laying of flowers and speakers.

Flag Market , Preston 11:30 am – April 29 2017

Friday 28 April 12 noon
Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

South Lanarkshire
Friday 28 April
South Lanarkshire Council, Main Headquarters, Armada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA

Friday 28 April, 1pm
Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road SR2 7DN

Friday 28 April, 12pm
National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL

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28 April 2016

Offshore Coordinating Group publishes new research into offshore safety

The Offshore Co-ordinating Group (OCG) is today publishing a new report, ‘Safety Critical Offshore Workers in the UK Oil and Gas Sector: Hours, Shifts and Schedules’, commissioned from the Scottish Centre for Employment Research (SCER), Strathclyde University.

The report draws on current research evidence to consider the implications for health, safety and wellbeing of a change from two weeks offshore, two weeks onshore (2/2) to three weeks offshore/onshore (3/3) working schedules.

The report:

• finds that “the current available evidence does not allow clear conclusions to be drawn about whether working regular three week tours poses significant health and safety risks but…there are suggestions this may indeed be the case”; and,

• identifies a number of areas of health and safety concern that could be ‘particularly problematic’ in a three week tour offshore including fatigue, increased potential of severe accidents, excess overtime, older installations and mid-shift changes in rotation (e.g. switching from day-to-night shift from night-to-day shift).

Speaking on publication of the report, Tommy Campbell, OCG Chair and Unite, said:

“This OCG commissioned this report in response to the widespread concern of the offshore workforce over the imposition of new working patterns and the possible impact on safety and safety culture as a result of the current economic downturn in the North Sea. The report provides a sober and detailed assessment of the potential impact on individual workers and offshore safety regimes of the move towards 3/3 working. Its findings suggest that workers’ concerns are more than justified and that operators must now cease implementation of 3/3 schedules in order that legitimate concerns can be properly addressed by all relevant authorities.

“Government at all levels and regulatory agencies must pressure operators to stop using these potentially dangerous new working patterns and fund additional research into their impact on health, safety and wellbeing”.

Jake Molly, OCG Vice-Chair and RMT said:

“The OCG strongly believes that offshore workers, or indeed workers in any safety critical occupation, should not be forced to work 21 straight days of 12 hours shifts. However too many operators have taken advantage of the turbulence caused by the falling oil price to implement these very work schedules. This report strongly suggests that the industry as a whole needs to urgently address the safety implications of 3/3 working before real damage is done”.





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