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Workers' Memorial Day

Date: 28 April 2021 Location: National

Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year. All over the world, workers and their representatives hold events and vigils to remember the victims of workplace accidents and occupational diseases.

Workers’ Memorial Day is the day when the International Labour Movement remembers those who have been killed or injured in workplace accidents and those who have died from occupational diseases. The event started in North America in 1986 and has been supported by Usdaw since 1995. The Day is now a global event and is officially recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and by the International Trade Union Movement (ITUC).

Theme for 2020: Coronavirus

What can you do for Workers' Memorial Day?

  • Minutes silence at 11am on Tuesday 28 April - take part in the minute's silence. It will be a moment to pay tribute to the sacrifice made of so many workers during the pandemic, to remember those who've sadly lost their lives, and to thank all those who continue to do vital work at great risk. The initiative is supported by the government, and reps may wish to request employers mark it, by asking the workforce to cease work for one minute at 11am.
  • Keep in touch with Workers Memorial day events around the world at 28april.org
  • Register for a video call with the TUC at 2pm on the day - www.tuc.org.uk/wmd
  • Check out the TUC health and safety manifesto ‘time for change’ - www.tuc.org.uk/healthandsafetymanifesto
For more information on Workers' Memorial Day, see the TUC website.

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