Usdaw calls for good health and safety for all on International Workers’ Memorial Day

Date: 28 April 2017 Today is International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) when the trade union and labour movement commemorates all those who have been killed by workplace accidents and disease. For IWMD 2017, the international trade union movement has decided on the theme ‘Good health and safety for all workers – whoever they are’.
John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: “Today we take time to remember the dead and fight for the living. This year’s theme focuses on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the gap.
 
“Our message is that health and safety is a right for all workers regardless of their gender, age, race, religion, disability or employment status.
 
“Today Usdaw members across the UK are promoting the campaign in their own workplace or attending one of the local events organised around the country by Trades Councils and Hazards campaigners.”

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest trade union with nearly 430,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

Usdaw’s WMD Campaign: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/wmd

For Usdaw press releases visit: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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