Aberdeenshire UNISON

Workers' Memorial Day Monday 28 April 2014
Remember the dead, fight for the living

Workers’ Memorial Day mourns all those who have lost their lives at work and pledges to fight for fundamental health and safety protections in this country and around the world.

Workers' Memorial Day
The gathering at the Workers' Memorial Day Service

Branch Chair, Kate Ramsden and Branch Health and Safety Officer, Richard Lawrence joined with local trade unionists, politicians and citizens in a poignant service to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April, in the beautiful setting of the Persley Workers’ Memorial Garden.

Speaker after speaker spoke of the key importance of Workers’ Memorial Day, to remember the dead but to fight for the living. They spoke of the rising numbers of people who have lost their lives or their health at work, in this country and around the world.

The service was organised by the Aberdeen Trades Union Council and opened at 11am with a minutes silence to remember and to mourn all those who have died doing their job

Click here to read the full report of the Workers' Memorial service


WreathesWorkers' Memorial Day Monday 28 April 2014
Remember the dead, fight for the living

This year's Workers Memorial Day Service, will be held at 11am (gather from 10.30am) at Persley Gardens, Persley, Aberdeen. All are welcome to attend.

What is Workers Memorial Day?
International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) takes place all over the world on 28 April each year.

The purpose of IWMD is two-fold. Firstly it is about not forgetting those who have died, been injured, or made ill by their work. Secondly it is about ensuring that tragic loss and suffering are used to reinvigorate the campaign for healthier and safer work.

The campaign slogan is "Remember the dead, fight for the living."

The number of people killed at work in Scotland has been rising in recent years, according to official figures. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said 20 workers lost their lives north of the border in 2012 - a rise of six on the previous year.

In this time of austerity, it is ever more important to protect our Health and Safety legislation, which is constantly under attack.

The Service will last for approx 30mins.