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Workers Memorial Day - 28 April 2009

1 April 2009

Mourn for the dead - fight for the living. Workers' Memorial Day

The purpose behind Workers' Memorial Day has always been to "remember the dead: fight for the living" and Unions focus on both areas, by considering memorials to all those killed through work but at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated.

Some of the ways to help avoid these deaths are:

  • strong trade union organisation,
  • campaigning for stricter enforcement of health and safety laws by the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities,
  • campaigning for the Government and courts to introduce higher penalties for breaches of health and safety laws,
  • making Directors and Senior Managers responsible and accountable in law.

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most do not die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents", they die because an employer decided their safety just was not that important a priority.

Workers' Memorial Day commemorates those workers. All over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.