Workers Memorial Day 2019 & Burnley May Day Festival

Published April 16, 2019 at 9:02

28th  April will see trade unionists across the region commemorate those who have lost their lives at work.

Events will also remind us of the need for Health & Safety legislation in workplaces.
There are a number of events across the North West, open to all to attend. A full list is available below.

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2019

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.

Across the region, events will commemorate this and continue our campaigns to ensure workplaces are safe and healthy. Further information about this years theme on dangerous substances in the workplace, and resources can be found here.

Here are the events taking place in the North West:

Manchester Sunday 28 April Albert Square 12.00 to13.00 with music, speakers, street performance, and laying of wreaths and exhibition at people’s history museum – 0161 636 7558

Preston Flag market Saturday 27 April 11.45 for 12.00 start, to 13.00 with speakers March to lay wreaths at peace garden followed by refreshments in Blackhorse – / 07734317158

Chorley Friday 26 April 17.45 for 18.00 at Astley Park with speakers and laying of wreaths – Steve Turner

Blackburn Friday 26 April 12.30-13.15 in front of Blackburn Town Hall, Shopping precinct, Blackburn town centre. Pipers lament and banners, speakers from local trade union branches and safety campaigns. Laying of wreaths followed by 2 minutes remembrance

Liverpool Sunday 28 April 11.15 for 11.30 at the South Piazza of George’s Dock Building Pier Head for commemoration and wreath laying followed by 12.00 event at The Racquet Club, Chapel Street and 2 speakers at 12.30pm

Liverpool Sunday 28 April at 11:30, The Hod Carrier, Islington, Liverpool, L3 8EG (opposite the UNITE building)

Bolton Sunday 28 April There will be a minutes silence at 12 noon in Bolton Town Hall Square, BL1 1RU. Stewards will be distributing leaflets and purple ribbons to commemorate all those who have been killed at work. Bolton council has agreed to fly the flag at half mast. For more information contact / 01204 338901.

Salford Friday 26 April, 12.15, Wreath-laying at the Workers Memorial stone and plaque situated on the lawn area between the Civic Centre main entrance (Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5AW) and Unity House.




Burnley May Day Festival
The 42nd annual Burnley May Day Festival will take place at Towneley Park, Burnley on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019.

It begins with a parade from Burnley Town Hall setting off at 12noon – assemble from 11:30am at the car park behind the town hall.

This year’s speakers are Angie Rayner M.P., shadow education secretary, Julie Cooper M.P. for Burnley, Paul Jenkins of UAF and an Alternative Futures Group striker speaking on their dispute over sleep-in allowances.

There will be the usual funfair, donkey rides, dog agility display and various bands and dance groups plus a children’s story teller.


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