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
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.
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). An “Eve of WMD Gig” will be held at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool, 7.30pm, Thursday 27th April 2017 – Acts are “Blue Diesel” & “Matt McGuinness and MLC” with a local support act to be confirmed
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.
Clydebank - Meet at the International Asbestos Memorial Glasgow Road Clydebank at 11a.m. on Saturday 29th April.
Issued: 18 January, 2017