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”.

In 2016 the theme for the day is "Strong Laws - Strong enforcement - Strong Unions" because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the Government have removed protection form millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission are pursuing a dangerous de-regulatory strategy. However strong laws are not enough if they are not going to be enforced. That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws. Here in the UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, however in many other countries enforcement has always been non-existent. That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the Government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.

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 2016 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].

 

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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
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...
18 January 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
Workers Memorial Day is on 28 April and there are events to commemorate the day happening in various venues throughout the region. Please see our events page for information about these. Visit Workers Memorial Day 2015 for more information.
21 April 2015
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

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