29/04/2010 - Workers Memorial Day - Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

Yesterday members and supporters of Solidarity marked Worker's Memorial Day.


On April 28 each year events are held all over the world to remember those who have died from work related diseases and accidents.  Campaigns for the living are also promoted.


It’s believed that in the UK alone, around 50,000 people a year die from work-related diseases.  There’s also around 1,000 deaths from work-related driving and hundreds from accidents at the work place.


Solidarity General Secretary Patrick Harrington said:


“Workers Memorial Day began in Canada in 1984 and is a national day in 19 countries. Since 1989, trade unions around the world have organised events on and around 28 April. It’s been informally recognised in the UK since 1992.  But this year is really special because the government has formally recognized Workers Memorial Day.”


The slogan for Workers Memorial Day is Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living.  However, this year’s theme was  Unions make work safer - a sentiment that is certainly true.




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