Friday May 29, 2020
For the road ahead

International Workers' Memorial Day


For the first time, the UK government will be officially recognising today as International Workers' Memorial Day. This official acknowledgement is a landmark for those who have campaigned for the whole country to remember all those killed at work.

This brings the UK in line with countries including the United States, Canada and Brazil who already have the 28 April as an official day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

 URTU General Secretary, Bob Monks, said,

"The UK government officially recognising today as International Workers' Memorial Day will help promote our campaigns to highlight and prevent workplace accidents in the road haulage, distribution and logistics industry.

"These include our growing concern about people being injured by slips and trips during their daily work and drivers being unable to get sufficient rest due to the appalling state, and lack of, roadside facilities across the country."

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