Workers’ Memorial Day
JANUARY 21, 2020
Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government on 28 April each year.
Safe work is a right not a privilege.
Workers' Memorial Day brings together workers and their representatives from all over the world to remember the dead and fight for the living.In 2019 the theme is “dangerous substances – get them out of the workplace”. the focus will mainly be on carcinogens but you can adapt the theme to whatever is most relevant in your workplace or area, as many substances can also cause illnesses such as asthma or dermatitis.
Two important issues are of course asbestos and diesel exhaust, Unite has registers and information on both of these cancer causing substances see link below.
What you can do
- Workers Memorial Day falls on a Sunday this year, many workplaces will be shut so you might want to consider an activity on the Friday or Monday, or an event in a town centre on the Saturday
- 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. Remember it does not have to be on the Sunday if your workplace is closed then
- 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
The union will have a dedicated IWMD campaign webpage https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/events/workers-memorial-day/ and you should check back nearer the date for details of events across the country, until then make sure you join a union and get active, unionised workplaces are safer workplaces so join Unite today.