Workers' Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.
Workers' Memorial Day has always been to "remember the dead: fight for the living" and unions are asked to focus on both areas, by considering events or memorial to remember all those killed through work but at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated. That can best be done by building trade union organisation, and campaigning for stricter enforcement with higher penalties for breaches of health & safety laws.
Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.
Theme for the day is: “dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace”. The focus will mainly be on carcinogens but you can adapt the theme to whatever is most relevant in your workplace or area, as many substances can also cause illnesses such as asthma or dermatitis.
Two important issues are of course asbestos and diesel exhaust, and the TUC has useful guides on both of them, but other ideas may be cleaning fluids or dust in general - Asbestos - time to get rid of it (pdf), Diesel exhaust in the workplace (pdf), Occupational cancer (pdf)
The TUC has a guide on workplace cancers.
If you are organising an event for Workers Memorial Day and would like it displayed on these pages, then please email through the details to email@example.com
Find out what's happening near you by following the links below. We will update this page as and when we hear about new events so please check back to keep an eye on what's happening on Workers Memorial Day 2019! Unless another date is given, all events are on 28th April.
London, South and Eastern
Milton Keynes: A short march from Central Milton Keynes at 11:30 will be followed by speeches, minutes silence and wreath laying ceremony at the International Workers Memorial Day plinth at the MK Rose, Campbell Park from around 12:00.
Hartlepool: There will be a Remembrance Service & Wreath Laying Ceremony at 12.30pm, in Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ. As part of the Service the new Workers Memorial (6ft diameter stone memorial) inlaid into the new Church Square development will be dedicated. Speakers will Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUC and Amy Murphy, President, USDAW. As well as wreath-laying the organisers will be providing individual flowers so anybody attending the service can lay a flower at the Service in memory of a loved one.
Hartlepool: As part of the Workers Memorial Day Events for 2019 Hartlepool Trades Union Council have organised an ‘Evening with Frances O’Grady Event’ on Saturday 27th April 2019, 7.00pm (for 7.30pm start), at Hartlepool Cricket Club, Park Drive, Hartlepool, West Park , TS26 0DA. It will include a Q&A session with Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC. Tickets are £8.00 per person (inc buffet) firstname.lastname@example.org
Yorkshire and Humberside