28th April – International Workers Memorial Day

Published April 11, 2017 at 12:14

The 28th April is International Workers’ Memorial Day – the day each year when workers come together and remember those who have been killed and injured at work, and those who suffer occupational illness. The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the living”.

All over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

In 2017 International Workers Memorial Day will have the theme “Good Health and Safety for all Workers” and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap.

The TUC particularly wants to focus on the hidden and new GIG economies, the risks faced by migrant workers and issues of gender and class.

Our new Chairperson Ben Greenwood said:

“No one should go to work and never come back. This is an important event to remember those who died and also raise awareness that health and safety is not about red tape…it’s about keeping people safe.”


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