Wolverhampton Workers’ Memorial Day

Over 15,000 people of working age died in the pandemic. Many of those were key workers in high-risk workplaces in sectors such as health, social care, transport, food processing and textiles.

BME workers were particularly hard hit, with BME men 57% more likely to be working in jobs with a higher mortality rate, and BME women 48% more likely.

next event: Friday 28th April 2023 12.30pm at the Workers’ Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS

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.

This year speakers were

Cnllr Clare Simm PCS
Di Weaver UNITE
Alan Hooper RMT
Mish Rahman Labour national executive
John Welsby Industrial chaplain Black Country Urban Industrial Mission

with Marie Taylor President of WB&DTUC introducing the event

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Wolverhampton Workers’ Memorial Day Wednesday 28th April 2021 @ https://youtu.be/eb5hxYIAlv4 with contributions from:

Nick Kelleher, Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC Secretary
Warinder Juss, delegate from GMB x13
Marie Taylor, Wolverhampton, Bilston & District TUC President
Pat McFadden MP Wolverhampton South East
John Welsby, Black Country Urban Industrial Mission Chaplain
Adrian Turner, UNISON City of Wolverhampton Secretary
Michael Vaughan, UNISON Staffordshire Secretary
made with the assistance of Cnllr Beverley Momenabadi
This is the 30th year that Workers’ Memorial Day has been commemorated by Wolverhampton, Bilston & District Trades Union Council and the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission

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

51minute film

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

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