Remember the dead – fight for the living
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”.
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 diseases.
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
Saturday 28 April, 12 pm (Gibraltar time), Alameda Gardens.
London and Eastern
London – Saturday 28 April assemble for 10:30-11:30 Building Workers’ Statue, Tower Hill, next to the Tower of London
North East, Yorkshire and Humberside
Cleethorpes – Saturday 28 April, 3pm at the Workers’ Memorial and Tree in the Pier Gardens, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8LD
Grimsby – Saturday 28 April, 1pm. At the Worker’s Memorial tree in the grounds of the War Memorial. Nuns Corner Grimsby DN34 5FQ
Hartlepool – Saturday 28 April, 12.30 Refrectory Area, Cleveland College of Art & Design, 1 Church Street, Hartlepool TS24 &DS
Immingham – Saturday 28 April, 1pm. At the Workers’ Memorial and tree in the grounds of the War Memorial, Pelham Road, Immingham DN40 1AB
Leeds, Friday 27 April 12:30 – 13.05 on steps outside Leeds University Students Union Building. Followed by wreath laying at St Georges Field.
Stanley Crook – Saturday 28 April 7pm, St Thomas Church, Stanley Crook, County Durham.
Workers Memorial Day event, Chorley –
Friday 27 April, Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, Workers’ Memorial Day Tree, Meet – At the Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley PR7 1QN at 17:45. All welcome
Manchester – Saturday 28 April 12:00 -13:00 Albert Square Manchester
Saturday 28 April 11:30 -12.15, Hunter Street, Liverpool L3 8EN.
Preston Saturday 28 April, 12:00 – 13:00 Flag Market, Preston.
Dundee, Saturday 28 April, 12 noon, Workers memorial tree (adjacent to Discovery Quay), Riverside Drive, Dundee
Edinburgh, Saturday 28 April, 12:30, International Workers’ Memorial Day tree, West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Falkirk, Saturday 28 April, 12:00, Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street, Falkirk
Glasgow, Saturday 28 April, 12:00, Glasgow Green
Inverness, Saturday 28 April, 12:45 for 13:00, Workers Memorial, Friars Shot/Huntly Street, Inverness
Kilmarnock, Saturday 28 April assemble at 10:45 for 11:00 start. Dower House, Dean Castle, Kilmarnock
Midlothian, Saturday 28 April, 12:30, Michael McGahey memorial, George V Park, Bonyrigg
South Lanarkshire, Saturday 28 April, 11:30, South Lanarkshire council headquarters, Almada Street/Beckford Street.
West Dunbartonshire, Saturday 28 April, 14:00, Christie Park, Alexandria
Bournemouth, Saturday 28 April 11:00 -11.30 Poole Park War Memorial, Parkstone Road, BH15 2PD.
Bristol, Saturday 28 April 12:00 depart Unite the Union, Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Brstol march to Castle Park for speeches
Gloucester Friday 27 April 10:00 Mariners Church, The Docks,
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