The purpose behind 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.
In 2017 the theme for the day is Good health and safety for all workers whoever they are and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap. The TUC will particularly want to focus on the hidden and new GIG economies, the risks faced by migrant workers and the issues of gender and class.
Below is a list of some of the events that are happening up and down the country. Some of these events will also feature a minute's silence at noon, or a suitable time. All are on 28th April unless indicated otherwise.
What you can do:
- Find out what is happening in your area on 28 April. This website will list all the local activities we know about, but you can also ask your union branch or trades council;
- If nothing is happening then get together with some of your workmates or others in the area where you work and organise something. It can be a commemorative rally, a workplace meeting or just a small get-together;
- Organise a minute's silence in your workplace on the day;
- Ask your local council, or any other public body, to fly official flags at half-mast on the day. Remember that the day is officially recognised by the government;
- Arrange an event such as planting a memorial tree in a public place, putting up a plaque, dedicating a sculpture, a piece of art, or a bench, to remember workers who have been killed at the workplace or in the community;
- If you are planning any events for the day, or you want to raise awareness about Workers' Memorial Day on 28 April, then it is important you consider how you can best use local media both before and on the Day.
- Ask local religious centres to include Workers' Memorial Day in their worship on the day;
- Distribute purple 'forget-me-not' ribbons, the symbol of Workers Memorial Day;
- Let people know about anything that happened in your area on the day. use hashtag #IWMD17
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 protected]
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 2017! Unless another date is given, all events are on 28th April.
- National events
- London, South and Eastern
- Northern Ireland
- North West
- South West
- Yorkshire & Humber
Chelmsford - 12.30pm at Central Park, (near the lake and viaduct at the Memorial Tree). The guest speaker will be Dan McCarthy, Vice-President of the NASUWT
Walthamstow - 5.45am at Low Hall Depot - a commemoration for the worker who died in a dust cart crash a few years ago
Leyton - 11am at Bakers Arms - a commemoration for Marian Nemit who died whilst carrying our construction work on a shop site
Waltham Forest - 1pm at Town Hall WMD Event, food and refreshments available
Southwark - 10.45-11.15 at HSE, Rose Court, London
Tower Hill - 10.30-11.30am, Building Workers' Statute, London
Colchester - 7.30pm at International Workers Memorial Tree in Castle Park followed by refreshments at the Forresters Arms in Castle Road, Colchester, CO1 1UW
Milton Keynes - 11.30am-1pm meet at John Lewis Car Park for Campbell Park, Central Milton Keynes - Sunday 23 April
Birmingham - Assemble at 12.30pm in the grounds of St Philips Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QB There will be a number of speakers
Solihull - 12.30pm in Brueton Gardens (opp Barley Mow Pub). Speakers include the Mayor of Solihull.
Derby - There will be a display of 3D artwork which highlights hazards in the workplace at the Intu Centre, Level 1, West Mall, Derby DE1 2PL. (Between Build a Bear and Patisserie Valerie) from 8.30am – 8.30pm on the day. The public will be encouraged to interact with the artwork
Wolverhampton - 12.30pm at Cenotaph St Peters Square, Wolverhampton.
Derbyshire - 8.30am - 8.30pm - Intu Centre, Level 1, West Mall, Derby
Staffordshire - guests can arrive from 2.45pm, service starts at 3.30pm, at the National Memoriam Arboretum Alrewas, DE13 7AR. Then an evening event at 7pm at the Burton Caribbean Association Uxbridge Street, DE14 3JS, free admission, food and cash bar.
Nottingham - Worker’s Memorial Day Service at 12.30pm in St Peter’s Church, St Peter's Square, Nottingham NG1 2NW (opposite Marks & Spencer)
Hartlepool - There will be a remembrance service & wreath laying ceremony at 12.30pm, in Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool with speakers and wreath laying. That will be preceded by a Health & Safety Seminar on the morning of 28th April 2017 at Hartlepool College of Further Education (HCFE) to run between 09.00am to 12noon (buffet breakfast provided). Prior to the seminar, a wreath will be laid at the Tree of Remembrance in Hartlepool College of Further Education at 08.45 am.
Sunderland - 12pm at Workers Memorial Garden in the Quadrant of Sunderland Civil Centre
South East Northumberland - 10am at upstairs function room of the Elephant, Newbiggin Road, Ashington - Saturday 29th April
Manchester - Lincoln Square, Brazennose St. , Manchester : 12.00 to 13.00, then on to the People’s History Museum for tea. Chaired by Lynn Collins, Secretary of the North West regional TUC. Speakers include Andy Burnham and representatives from trade unions and FACK. Reading the names of those killed at work; Laying of wreaths; One minutes silence. Bring banners & wreaths. Organised by the North West trade unions, Greater Manchester Hazards Centre and FACK.
Chorley - The event will comprise of a short walk from Astley Park (the park gates) Park Road , Chorley at 5:45 pm onto a Memorial Day service at the Unite WMD tree at 6pm until 6:20pm. All welcome to join. Banners and flags welcome.
Liverpool - South Piazza, Georges Dock Bld, Pier Head L3 1DD, (Dock Road bottom of James Stree), 11.30-11.50, Wreath Laying then and Piper then coach to Unite Union Bld, Islington, Liverpool L3 8EF. 1.00-2.30PM
Preston - 11.45-12.45 at Preston Flag Market, 4 Cheapside, Preston, social gathering in the Black Horse afterwards. Sat 29th April.
Blackburn - 12.30pm at the Workers' Memorial Tree at Sudell Cross, at Blackburn with a wreath laying, Speakers and a piper.
Merseyside - 10.30-11.30am at HSE Headquarters, Redgrave Court, Bootle, Merseyside
Aberdeen - 12.30pm for Ceremony at 1pm at Persley Walled Garden, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.
Alexandria - 10.30am at Christie Park, Alexandria at the memorial tree on Sat 22 April
Bathgate - 12.30pm at Bathgate Sports Centre, Balbardie Park, Torpichen Road, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 4LA
Coatbridge - 12pm at Sumerlee Industrial Musuem, Coatbridge
Clydebank - 11am - meet at the International Asbestos Memorial Glasgow Road Clydebank on Saturday 29th April.
Dundee - 12pn at the Memorial Tree, adjacent to Discovery Point, Riverside Drive, Dundee
Edinburgh - 12.30pm Ceremony at IWMD Tree and Memorial, West Princes Street Garden, Edinburgh
Falkirk - 11.45 for 12pm in the foyer of the Municipal buildings in Falkirk on 22 April
Glasgow - 12pm at International Workers Memoriam, People's Palace, Glasgow Green
Hamilton - 11.30am at South Lanarkshire HQ, Almada Stree, Hamilton, ML3 0AA
Inverness - 12.15pm for 12.30pm at Friar's Shott/Huntly Street, Inverness, IL3 8LF
Irvine - gathering in North Ayrshire at 6.30pm for workers memorial at the Memorial Garden, Kilwiinning Road, Irvine on Thurs 27 April
Kilmarnock - 10.45am at the Dower House in Dean Country Park, Kilmarnock on Sat 29 April
Midlothian - 12.30pm at George V Park, Bonnyrigg at IWMD memorial.
Kirkcaldy - 11.00am Beveridge Park at the memorial Tree.
Paisley - There will be a memorial ceremony outside Renfrewshire House, Cotton St. Paisley at 13:00. Organised by Paisley and District Trade Union Council
North Somerset - 12-2pm at North Somerset Council and North Somerset Hall (bake sale in the canteen) - Thursday 27th April
Bristol - Assemble at Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol at 12.30 pm. March to Castle Park starts at 13:00. Followed by speeches and wreath laying at the Worker's Memorial Plaque. There is also a public meeting to reflect on the relationship between business, the state and the labour movement with speakers talking about the blacklisting of trade union safety reps and the threat to the labour movement from state surveillance and infiltration. 18.30-20.30, Thursday 27th April 2017. CWU Offices, 20 Church Rd, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS5 9JA
Yeovil – There will be a brief ceremony at the brass plaque outside Unity Hall, Central Rd, Yeovil BA20 1JL at 17:00. Parking is available at the site.
Dorchester - Assemble at 12:25 at the cenotaph outside County Hall, Dorset County Council, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ for a 12:30 start.
Cleethorpes - 3pm at The Workers' Memorial and tree in the Pier Garden's Alexander Road Cleethorpes
Grimsby - 1pm at The Workers' Memorial and Tree in the grounds of the War Memorial Nunn's Corner Grimsby
Halifax - 1pm outside Northgate House
Immingham - The Workers' Memorial, and tree in the Grounds of the War Memorium Pelham Road, Immingham
Keighley - 11am at the Cliffe Castle with student reps from Holy Family. 12pm at Keighley Town Hall Square with bugler
Leeds - 11.30am, meet at St Anne's Cathedral, march down to the stone to reach the Art Gallery for 11.45am, speeches from Hilary Benn MP and Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council.
Rotherham - 12pm on Sunday 30th April at Rotherham Minster, on Church street/Minster Gardens
Sheffield - 12.30-1.30pm at Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street
York - 12pm, The National Centre for Early Music, with personal appearance of Director Ken Loach
Bradford - Meet in Memorial Garden at the rear of City Hall at noon.
Cardiff - reception, speeches and wreath-laying at 11am at the Unite Building, CF11 9SD. Includes a speech by the First Minister.
Issued: 23 April, 2017