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IWMD 2017: An organised workplace is a safe workplace

APRIL 18, 2018

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. The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the living”. Sadly, it is all too likely that know someone who has died at work, has been injured in the workplace or is suffering from an occupational diseases.

This year Unite are highlighting the message that an organised workplace is a safe workplace, while also recognising the vital work of Unite safety reps in ensuring that their fellow workers are safe at work. 

It has been found that workplaces that have union safety reps and a safety committee have half the major injury rate of companies that don’t have these structures. 

Safety reps play an enormously positive role in society. In 2016 research found that safety reps in the UK saved between £219 million to £725 million by reducing lost time caused by injuries and illness. 

The role of union safety reps is increasingly vital. Continued government attacks on safety laws, safety regulations and huge cuts to the funding of the Health and Safety Executive mean that unions and their safety reps are increasingly in the frontline of workplace safety. If unions aren’t keeping their workplaces safe then it is unlikely that anyone else will. 

Unions make work SAFE: Decent work for all! 

Unite has fought hard to secure safe workplaces and with strong organised workplaces we can ensure that such incidents and tragedies do not happen again. 

For further information on IWMD please email Health & Safety 

Bolton 
Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am– April 30 2017

Coatbridge 
Friday 28 April 12pm 
Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD

Cleethorpes 
Friday 28 April, 3pm 
Pier Gardens, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes

Chorley 
Workers Memorial Day event, Chorley - Memorial Service 
Date – April 28 
Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite, “Workers Memorial Day Tree“ 
Meet – At the Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley at 17:45 
Speakers include - Lindsay Hoyle MP, Janet Newsham - Greater Manchester Hazards, Keith Martin – Unite Health & Safety Rep. Father Marsden 
Organiser – Steven Turner – Chorley Branch Secretary, [email protected]  

Derby 
Friday 28 April 2017 
8.30am – 8.30pm 
Intu Centre level 1, West Mall, Derby DE1 2PL 
Interactive 3D artwork to raise awareness of Workplace Hazards. Visitors are encouraged to come along and negotiate workplace hazards to get to a safe place of work. Please take photos and share on social media #safeworkplaces 

Gibraltar 
Date and Time – Thursday 27 April at 10am 
Venue – Alameda Gardens 
Speakers – Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar and a representative of Unite the union

Grimsby 
Friday 28 April, 1pm 
Grounds of the War Memorial, Nunn’s Corner, Grimsby

Hartlepool 
Friday 28 April, 12.30pm 
Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool

Immingham 
Friday 28 April, 10am 
Grounds of the War Memorial, Pelham Road, Immingham

Leeds 
Friday 28 April, 11,30am 
St Anne’s Cathedral before walking to Victoria Gardens

Liverpool 
Friday 28 April 11:30am 
South Piazza of Georges Dock Building, Pier Head Liverpool L3 1DD 
Followed at 
1pm -2pm 
Speeches and seminar at Unite Building, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool L3 8EF

London 
London Building Workers’ statue  
Date - Friday 28 April 
Venue – Building Worker Statute at Tower Hill next to the Tower of London 
Time: Assemble at 10:30am for an event lasting approximately one hour. 
Confirmed speakers: Mary Bousted (general secretary of ATL and TUC president), Gail Cartmail (acting general secretary Unite the union), Gunde Odgaard (general secretary for the Danish building trades), Peter Kavanagh, regional secretary Unite London and Eastern Region. In addition there will be speakers from two safety campaign organisations. Followed by wreath laying and release of black balloons. 

Manchester 
Friday 28 April 12 noon – 1pm 
Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street, Manchester M2 5LN 
Orgnaised by joint North West unions, GM Hazards/FACK Rally 
Speakers include: Tracey Seward, Families Against Corporate Killers, Debbie Abrahams MP, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, Andy Burnham MP Labour mayoral candidate. 
Music by Claire Mooney 
At 1pm hot drinks will be provided at the People’s History Museum

Milton Keynes 
Sunday 23rd April assemble 11am-11.30 am event concludes 1pm 
Meet in John Lewis car park, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EP 
Five minute walk to MK Rose and accompanied by a brass band 
Event will include two minute silence, wreath laying and speeches. Free hot drinks.

Portsmouth 
Friday 28 April, 11.45am 
Workers’ Memorial, Victoria Park, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth 
Portsmouth Trade Council is organising the event. There will be a minutes silence at noon followed by the laying of flowers and speakers.

Preston  
Flag Market , Preston 11:30 am – April 29 2017 .

Sheffield 
Friday 28 April 12 noon 
Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield

South Lanarkshire 
Friday 28 April 
South Lanarkshire Council, Main Headquarters, Armada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA

Sunderland 
Friday 28 April, 1pm 
Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road SR2 7DN

York 
Friday 28 April, 12pm 
National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL 

Scotland events 

Aberdeen 
Friday 28 April 12.30pm 
Persley Walled garden, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen 

Bathgate 
Friday 28 April, 12.30pm 
Workers’ Memorial, Bathgate Sports Centre, Balbardie Park, Torphichen Road, Bathgate West Lothian EH48 4LA 

Bonnyrigg 
Friday 28 April, 12:30pm 
International Workers’ Memorial Day memorial, George V Park, Bonnyrigg Eh19 2AD 

Dundee 
Friday 28 April 12pm 
Memorial Tree, Adjacent to Discovery Point, Riverside Drive Dundee 

Edinburgh 
Friday 28 April, 12:30pm 
Ceremony at International Workers’ Memorial Day tree and memorial. West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh EH2 2HG 

Falkirk 
Saturday 22 April 11.45am 
Muncipal Buildings, Falkirk FK1 5RS 

Fife 
Friday 28 April 11am 
Memorial Tree, Beveridge Park, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy KY2 5LZ 
Speakers to include local MSPs and councillors 

Glasgow 
Friday 28 April 12 noon 
International Workers’ Memorial , People’s Palace, Glasgow Green 

Inverness 
Friday 28 April, 12:15pm 
Friar’s Shott/Huntly Street, Inverness IV3 8LF 

Irvine 
Thursday 27 April, 6:30pm 
Memorial Garden, Kilwinning Road, Irvine 

Kilmarnock 
Saturday 29th April, 10:45am 
Dower House in Dean Country Park, Kilmarnock KA3 1XB 

West Dumbartonshire 
Saturday 22 April, 10:30am 
Memorial Tree, Christie Park, Alexandria G83 0DF

See the Unite the Union website for more information.

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