Workers’ Memorial Day

A reminder of why we need trade unions

Parmjit Dhanda  |  28 April 2016

You might not be aware of it but today is international Workers’ Memorial Day. It was established in the United States in 1970 to remember the hundreds of thousands of working people killed and injured while doing their work every year. The date, 28 April, was chosen to mark the Occupational Health and Safety Act which came into force …

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So much more to do on cancer-causing agents at work

Esther Lynch  |  28 April 2016

Each year on 28 April, International Workers’ Memorial Day, we in the European Trade Union Confederation and our affiliated unions count the cost of another 12 months of dangerous working conditions and inadequate safety precautions. In 2012 (the last time the European Union collected figures), 3,515 people died as a result of workplace accidents in …

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Workers can pay with their lives when evidence is ignored

Clare Moody MEP  |  28 April 2016

The theme of International Workers’ Memorial Day this year is ‘Strong laws, strong enforcement, strong unions’. All of these are essential elements to having effective health and safety legislation to prevent workers from suffering death, injury or illness from work. Despite the protections we have in place in the last year there were 142 fatal …

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Remember the dead, and always fight for the living

Lee Barron  |  28 April 2016

Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to remember those who have gone to work, never to return home again. A friend of mine Steve, and I, were 17-year-old apprentices at the Royal Mail in 1987. Steve’s dad also worked there as a HGV driver and had done so for some time. He would …

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Strong laws needed for safety at work

Seema Malhotra MP  |  28 April 2016

Keeping people safe in their workplace needs two things: strong laws and effective action to make those laws a reality. That is why trade unions play such a vital role in health and safety at work. Today, millions of working people around the world will be celebrating the vital role that trade unions have and …

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