Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents". They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers.
Across the region, events will commemorate this and continue our campaigns to ensure workplaces are safe and healthy. Further information about this years theme on dangerous substances in the workplace, and resources can be found here.
Here are the events taking place in the North West:
Manchester Sunday 28 April Albert Square 12.00 to13.00 with music, speakers, street performance, and laying of wreaths and exhibition at people's history museum – firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0161 636 7558
Preston Flag market Saturday 27 April 11.45 for 12.00 start, to 13.00 with speakers March to lay wreaths at peace garden followed by refreshments in Blackhorse – email@example.com / 07734317158
Chorley Friday 26 April 17.45 for 18.00 at Astley Park with speakers and laying of wreaths - Steve Turner firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackburn Friday 26 April 12.30-13.15 in front of Blackburn Town Hall, Shopping precinct, Blackburn town centre. Pipers lament and banners, speakers from local trade union branches and safety campaigns. Laying of wreaths followed by 2 minutes remembrance
Liverpool Sunday 28 April 11.15 for 11.30 at the South Piazza of George’s Dock Building Pier Head for commemoration and wreath laying followed by 12.00 event at The Racquet Club, Chapel Street and 2 speakers at 12.30pm
Liverpool Sunday 28 April at 11:30, The Hod Carrier, Islington, Liverpool, L3 8EG (opposite the UNITE building)
Bolton Sunday 28 April There will be a minutes silence at 12 noon in Bolton Town Hall Square, BL1 1RU. Stewards will be distributing leaflets and purple ribbons to commemorate all those who have been killed at work. Bolton council has agreed to fly the flag at half mast. For more information contact Martin.Challender@bolton.gov.uk / 01204 338901.
Salford Friday 26 April, 12.15, Wreath-laying at the Workers Memorial stone and plaque situated on the lawn area between the Civic Centre main entrance (Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5AW) and Unity House.
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