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What is IWMD?

Every year on April 28th, all around the world the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.

We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. We renew our efforts to organise collectively to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work.

International Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

We remember those we have lost. We organise in their memory.

Theme for 2024: The climate crisis and the workers' health

With last year the hottest year on record, the theme for 2024's Workers' Memorial Day is the impacts of climate change on occupational health and safety. Death at work and employment disruption as a result of global warming, not to mention occupational illnesses caused by polluting fossil fuels, are rising everywhere, and are only expected to increase. Stand with us this year to remember the early victims of climate change-caused heat stress, UV radiation, air pollution, industrial accidents, extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases, and chemical exposure. And commit to fight for a world that's more, not less, safe to live and work in.

Resources and updates will be posted on the dedicated 28 April webpages:

The TUC is working hard for worker-friendly climate action to protect our planet and ensure our jobs are resilient and sustainable for the future. Learn more about our efforts on Climate emergency: winning a Just Transition.

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