live from 12-30pm Wednesday 28th April 2021
Wolverhampton Workers' Memorial Day
28 April each year is when trade unionists remember those who die or are injured through their work and highlight how we fight for the living.
Theme for 2020: This year’s international theme: Coronavirus - Stop the Pandemic at work
with contributions from:
FBU: Andrew Scattergood
GMB: Warinder Juss
PCS: Debra Mills, Cnllr Clare Simm, Bob Simm
UCU: Dr Grace Millar
UNISON: Paulette Whyte, Chris Pugh, Sharon Dixon, Adrian Turner
UNITE: John Oakley, Rob Marris, Andy Taylor
Wolverhampton TUC: Marie Taylor, Nick Kelleher
Pat McFadden MP Wolverhampton SE
Black Country Urban Industrial Mission: John Welsby
Normal public events for April 28th were not possible because of measures to contain Coronavirus/Covid-19.
But marking International Workers’ Memorial Day has never been more important for workers’ lives and health and those of our families and communities.
The coronavirus pandemic affects every worker regardless of sector or locality. Tens of thousands of workers worldwide have died. More have fallen ill or continue to go to work risking their lives. Many workers are still attending work ill-equipped and without necessary safety measures in place.
We could not have a starker reminder of the important role of trade union health and safety reps in saving and protecting workers’ lives, than the current crisis we are living through.
While we may not be able to attend the memorial events which usually take place on IWMD, as public gatherings around the world are not advised or allowed; there are many ways trade union members can take part in our collective day of remembrance and solidarity.
Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.
We remember those we have lost. We organise in their memory.
last year: Sunday 28 April 2019