Workers' Memorial Day 28
Remember the dead, fight for the living
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
Workers' Memorial Day 28th April 2011
ceremony for Workers' Memorial Day in Aberdeen took place at the
Persley Walled garden, which was commissioned by Aberdeen Trades
Union Council (ATUC) as part of the STUC Centenary and in commemoration
of Workers' Memorial Day. The garden was opened in 1997 and is
a beautiful and peaceful place. The memorial for all those who
lost their lives at work is in the garden.
Trade unionists and politicians came together to remember and
to pledge action to ensure health and safety at work.
This is the first year that the branch has taken part in Workers'
Memorial Day and Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair was proud to lay a
wreath in UNISON colours, in remembrance of all our fellow workers
who have died while doing their jobs, or whose health has been
damaged at work.
The ATUC wreath was laid by Councillor Len Ironside, there representing
the Lord Provost of Aberdeen City. There was a minutes silence
to remember all those who have died, been injured or made ill
by their work.
Labour MSPs Lewis MacDonald and Richard Baker both spoke movingly
of those who had lost their lives or their health at work, but
more importantly of the need to continue to fight to make sure
that the health and safety of all workers is protected into the
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