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Every 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”.

In 2017 International Workers Memorial Day will have the theme 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.

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 2017 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 [email protected].

Resources

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

 

It is with great sadness that Carole (Harte) Williams, a great friend of the movement, recently passed away. Carole was a champion of health and safety for many years and will be sorely missed. Kathy Gaffney from the West Midlands Hazards Trust knew Carole for many years and has penned...
02 June 2017
First photos of Workers Memorial Day events. Also there is still time to see the exhibition for Workers Memorial Day at Leeds Central Library.
03 May 2017
The new Memorial Stone to workers throughout the world who have suffered illness, injury or death as a consequence of their work will be unveiled in Leeds on 28 April.
26 April 2017
“Remember the dead – Fight for the living” #IWMD17 On Friday 28th April across the world, millions of workers, unions and families stand together. We remember all those killed at and by work and we fight for the living because no-one should ever die just for going to work: Stop...
26 April 2017
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...
23 April 2017
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28 April 2016
A number of events have been organised by organisations across the North West to mark International Worker’s Memorial Day on Thursday 28 th April. These are the events we have been told about. Remember the Dead. Fight for the Living. #IWMD16 Blackburn – Organised by Blackburn & Districts Trades Union...
22 April 2016
A list of International Worker Memorial Day Events in the Midlands. For more information on IWMD, please visit https://www.tuc.org.uk/wmd2016
08 April 2016
International Workers Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year. It is the day we remember those that have been killed, maimed, injured and made ill by work and the day we renew our pledge to fight for the living, by raising safety concerns in the workplace and raising...
22 March 2016
Every 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...
27 April 2015

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