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Workers' Memorial Day - 28 April 2010


Workers' Memorial Day takes place next Wednesday (28 April) with events happening up and down the country.

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 commemorates those workers.

Workers’ Memorial Day events in the UK include:

London, South and Eastern

  • Chelmsford - There will be a rally at 1pm in Central Park, Chelmsford, at the Memorial Tree, close to the lake and bowling green. There is also a Health & Safety Exhibition in Chelmsford Library's Public Square from 25 April to 1 May.

  • London - The Olympic Park and Olympic Village sites will observe a minute silence.

  • Waltham Forest - Workers Memorial Day service at 1pm at the London Borough of Waltham Forest's town hall complex. All trade unions are welcome to attend , wreaths and branch banners also welcome. Ribbons will be on sale with all donations given to charity.For further info e-mail

  • London - The Construction Safety campaign have organised a rally with speakers at the statue of the building worker opposite Tower Hill underground Station next to Tower Bridge at 9:30. This will be followed at 11:30 by a march from Pudding Mill lane to Westfield Site next to Stratford Station for Rally with speakers

South West

  • Penzance - On Sunday 25th April, 6pm at Trinity Methodist Church, The Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Penzance TR18 5AR there will be a memorial service. On WMD itself, 28th April, at 12 noon, there will be a wreath laying and short service at the Memorial Tree in Penlee Park, Penzance (Use entrance above the Library).

  • Jersey - A wreath is to be laid on the day at 12 noon at Howard Davis Park at the workers memorial bench.

  • Guernsey - A small service with wreath laying is to be taken by the Dean of Guernsey at on the Albert Pier, St Peter Port, near the site of the granite workers memorial bench.


  • Wolverhampton - Commemoration at 12.30pm at the Cenotaph in front of the Civic Centre and St Peters' church Wolverhampton.WV1 1TS. Wreath laying ceremony & balloon release. Speakers include, Warinder Juss (GMB) of Thompsons' Solicitors, Nick Kelleher, Secretary WB&DTUC and Rev. Ruth Reynolds-Tyson, Industrial Chaplain.

  • Coventry - A commemoration will be held between 12 noon and 1.00pm in the garden between St Mary's Street and Bayley Lane, Coventry- All welcome

  • Bolsover - On Friday 30th April 2010, (Market Day),there will be a parade of a wooden coffin from Shirebrook Church, down to the Market Square. At the Market Square the local Vicar and an Industrial Vicar will bless the coffin and say a prayer for all those who died at work, followed by speeches. Assemble, Shirebrook Market at 10:30

  • Birmingham - There will be a Celebration commencing at 12.30pm at St Philips Churchyard, Colmore Row, Birmingham. Organised by Birmingham Trades Union Council, jointly with the West Midlands Hazards Trust. There will be various speakers.

  • Solihull - Meet at Brueton Gardens (opp Barley Mow Pub) at 12:30 for an event. Among the speakers will be the Lord Mayor of Solihull

  • Mansfield - Over 350 workers construction staff and office staff at the Skanska Kings Mill Hospital site in Mansfield will gather together to see the Unveiling of a commemorative plaque, 2 minutes silence will follow speeches given by S. Tavener (Skanska Project Director), S. Murphy (UCATT Midlands Regional Secretary) and other dignitaries.

  • Darlington - Darlington Unison are holding a WMD stall in the town hall on the day.

  • Dudley - Dudley Trade Council have organised an event at 12 noon  Coronation Gardens, Priory Road, Dudley, (Opposite Council House). There will be a minutes silence at 12 noon followed by speakers from local trade unions.

  • Walsall - There is a celebration at 12 noon at the WMD Tree on the Green outside St.Matthews Church, Market WS1 3DG

Yorkshire and the Humber

  • Immingham - Service, laying of wreaths and rally at 10.30am at the Workers Memorial in the Grounds of the War Memorial Pelham Road Immingham. Anyone wishing to help support or wish to attend and lay wreaths please contact

  • Grimsby - Service, laying of wreaths and rally at 1.00pm. Location the Workers Memorial in the Grounds of the War Memorial Nunn's Corner Grimsby. Anyone wishing to help support or wish to attend and lay wreaths please contact

  • Cleethorpes - Service, laying of wreaths  and rally at 300pm at the Workers Memorial in the Pier Gardens Alexandra Road Cleethorpes. Anyone wishing to help support or wish to attend and lay wreaths please contact

  • Sheffield - There will be a ceremony at 12:30pm at the Sheffield workers memorial tree at the Town Hall. A wreath will be laid by the Lord Major, followed by speeches.

  • Bradford - There will be an event at the new Memorial Garden (Behind Bradford City Hall) at 12.00 noon. There will be a minute's silence and placing of wreathes and flowers at the new workers' memorial plaque in the memorial gardens. Bradford Council will also be lowering the flags on the City Hall as a mark of respect.  UCATT is also requesting that Belfour workers take time out from the city centre construction and join in on the memorial.

North West

  • Preston - 1st May. Service at 11:00 at Preston Flower Market followed by a short march to the Corn Exchange on Lune Street, where the Wreath laying ceremony takes place. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided at a local venue afterwards.

  • Chorley - Memorial Service in Astley Park, Chorley at the Unite WMD tree starting at 6.00 pm prompt on April 30th. This will be followed by a Health and Safety conference at Chorley Town Hall at 6.30 pm. Contact Steve Turner on 07838402614.

  • Manchester - Workshop for Health and Safety reps from 9.30 am at the Mechanics Institute, Manchester on April 28th. At 11.30 am there will be march to the Peace Gardens followed by a minutes silence at 12.00 noon.  This will be followed by music from Claire Mooney and speakers including trade union safety reps and Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK).

  • Liverpool - The commemoration will take place at 12 noon on the South Piazza of Georges Dock Building (Corner of Mann Island and the Strand), Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD. Speakers to include representatives from local Trade Unions, Business community, Asbestos Awareness and Solicitors


  • Wallsend - The Northern TUC is holding a Health and Safety Forum training day will be held on Wednesday 28th April 2010 at the Memorial Hall in Wallsend. The training day will start at 10:00am with refreshments and registration. Following lunch, delegates will make their way to St Luke's Church to attend a Workers' Memorial Day service and banner blessing. Register interest or request more information from Melanie Lowden 0191 232 3175,

  • Hartlepool - A Workers Memorial Day Remembrance Service will take place on at 12.30pm, Christchurch TIC & Art Gallery, Church Square, Hartlepool followed by a laying of the. The training room, Municipal Buildings, Church Square, will be available from 12 noon for people to congregate. Tea / Coffee etc will be available. A lone Scottish piper will be playing in Church Square from 11.45am and will ‘pipe' guests and attendees from / to Christchurch at 12.20pm to take their seats in time for the minutes silence at 12.30pm at the start of the service. After the Service the Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at the Workers Memorial in Church Square.


  • Inverclyde - Workers Memorial Day will be commemorated with a service of remembrance and wreath-laying at Clyde square Greenock, at 11:00 am. Following the service there will be a minutes silence followed by a lament from a lone piper.

  • Aberdeen - There will be a seminar in the morning in the Town  Hall, followed by wreath laying ceremony at Persley Gardens Memorial.

  • Bathgate - There is a seminar at Bathgate Sports Centre between 10:00 and 12 noon, followed by a Ceremony at 12:30

  • Coatbridge - There will be a ceremony between 12 noon and 1.00 pm at Summerlee Industrial Museum, Coatbridge

  • Edinburgh - There is a  wreath laying ceremony, at 12:30 at West Princes Street Gardens

  • Clydebank - There will be a ceremony at 12 noon on 24th April at Clydebank Town Hall

  • Falkirk - There is a wreath laying ceremony at 12:00 noon at Falkirk Town Hall

  • Greenock - There is a ceremony at Clyde Square at 11.00 am

  • Kilmarnock - There is a ceremony at Dean Country Park, Kilmarnock. Assemble at Dower House at 11:00

  • Midlothian - The annual commemoration will be held at 12:30 at George V Park, Bonnybrigg.


  • Cardiff - Wales TUC will be holding a balloon release to commemorate the workers who have been killed at work in the last ten years. The Workers' Memorial Day ceremony will take place outside the National Assembly for Wales Senedd building in Cardiff Bay at 12.30pm on Wednesday 28th April 2010. There will be short speeches from Wales TUC General Secretary Martin Mansfield, Health and Safety Executive Divisional Director for Wales Terry Rose and from Thompsons Solicitors (tbc). 

Northern Ireland

  • Enniskillen - There will be a ceremony on the 29th April 2010. It is being held in the Brooke Park at 7.30pm and is organised by the Fermanagh Council of Trade Unions.



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