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.
The theme chosen for the day is: ‘Tackling psychosocial hazards at work – taking the stress out of the job’. It highlights the harm caused by occupational stress and related conditions, such as work-related depression, anxiety, burnout, work-related alcohol and drug misuse and work-related suicides.
#IWMD20 can shine a spotlight on the harm caused by low pay, insecure work and hours, excessive workloads and inadequate staffing that can lead to workplace stress, The bad and weak management practices that have contribute to the explosion of work-related psychosocial problems such as punitive sickness absence policies, disciplinary procedures, oppressive performance management, targets and appraisal systems.
The TUC has produced useful guidance that reps can use in the workplace:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We will update this section as and when we hear about new events, so please check back to keep an eye on what's happening on Workers Memorial Day 2020.
Events to be announced soon
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