Workers' Memorial Day

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Workers memorial day logoEvery 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.

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.

The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight for the living”.

Over 20,000 people die every year because of their work. Most of these because of exposure to dangerous substances. In 2015 the theme for the day is "removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace" Hazardous substances are found in almost every workplace in the UK and many workers have no protection against the possible effects, despite the fact that tens of thousands of workers have their health destroyed by asthma, dermatitis, lung disorders and cancers because of exposures. 

In addition to hazardous substances many unions and trades councils will be campaigning on the general theme of demanding better regulation, greater inspections and an end to the anti-health and safety rhetoric from the government and their allies in the press.

The TUC coordinates activities across the country, publishing a comprehensive listing of events and suggestions. A listing of the global activities is available from the Hazards website.

Find an event near you 

See our list of 2015 WMD activities to find out what's happening in your area. 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


For resources on Workers Memorial day including ribbons and car stickers please contact the Greater Manchester Hazards centre at:

Meet at 12.30 p.m. Brueton Gardens (opposite Barley Mow pub)
17 March 2015
12.30 p.m. Grounds of St Philip's Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB
17 March 2015
Rally and leaflet session at the Obelisk in Broad Walk, Harlow CM20 1HX from 11am until 12:45pm on Saturday 25 April. At 12:45 a march will take place from Broad Walk to St Paul's church in College Square 1LP where a short service will be conducted by the Town Chaplain
16 March 2015
Rally in Albert Square 12.15 to 13.00 Meeting at People’s History Museum 13.30 Contact Manchester IWMD TU Organising Group Hilda Palmer 0161 636 7557 mail@gm,
16 March 2015
Unison and the local trades council will be holding a Workers Memorial Day ceremony at Walthamstow town hall on the between 1-2pm, wreaths will be laid to honor the dead and injured followed by a minutes silence. All trade unions are welcome as are the general public. As the focus...
25 February 2015
Cleethorpes at 3-00pm. Meet at the Workers Memorial in the Pier Gardens Alexandra Road Cleethorpes. Service Conducted By Rev Paul Hunter.
19 February 2015
Grimsby 1-00pm. Meet at the Workers Memorial, in the Grounds of the War Memorial Nunn’s Corner Grimsby. Service to be conducted By Rev Mary.J.Vickers Industrial and Urban Chaplian.
19 February 2015
Immingham 10-00, Location the Workers Memorial in the Grounds of the War Memorial Pelham Road Immingham. Service Conducted By Rev Mary.J.Vickers Industrial and Urban Chaplian.
19 February 2015
Workers' Memorial Day takes place every year on 28 April. The purpose behind the day is to 'remember the dead: fight for the living' and unions are asked to focus on both areas, by holding events or memorial services to remember people killed through work but at the same time...
08 February 2015
Hartlepool - Remembrance Service & Wreath Laying Ceremony. 12.30pm, Christchurch (TIC & Art Gallery), Church Square, Hartlepool. There will be a range of speakers including Trevor Burdon (bereaved family member) and Ian Wright MP, Shadow Minister for Competitiveness & Enterprise. Hartlepool - HTUC is organising a Health & Safety Seminar...
30 January 2015