Wednesday March 20, 2019
For the road ahead

Workers' Memorial Day

25/1/2019

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic ‘accidents'. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority. Workers' Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers.WMD is held on 28 April every year as an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to "remember the dead, but fight for the living'. 

URTU is focused on both remembering those killed through work and ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated. Safe work is a right not a privilege.WMD highlights the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and ill health. 

It also promotes union campaigns for stricter enforcement, with higher penalties for breaches of health and safety laws, in our fight to improve in workplace safety.The theme for WMD 2019 is ‘Dangerous Substances: Get Them Out of the Workplace'. The focus will mainly be on carcinogens, with important issues being asbestos and diesel exhaust.

Your Union included a ‘Diesel Exhaust in the Workplace' guide in the December 2018 issue of Wheels.

You can find out what is happening in your area on 28 April by visiting:

https://www.tuc.org.uk/take-action-unions-are-fighting-stamp-out-zero-hours-contracts.

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