Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living - Usdaw members commemorate Workers' Memorial Day

Date: 27 April 2012 This Saturday, Usdaw members will join trade unionists and safety campaigners from around the world to commemorate Workers' Memorial Day and to support the TUC's Day of Action on Health and Safety.

Workers' Memorial Day is held on 28 April each year and 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. This year, the TUC is calling on Unions and safety campaigners to make 28 April a day of action against the Tory-led Coalition's attack on health and safety.

Usdaw activists will be out in force throughout Saturday, raising awareness in their own workplaces of the threat to heath and safety the policies of the Tory-led Coalition represent, and joining local and regional events being co-ordinated across the country by the TUC.

John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:

"Despite the fact a shopworker is assaulted, threatened or abused every minute of every day, the Tory-led Coalition thinks the shops where the majority of our members work are 'low risk' workplaces and are hell-bent on removing the protections in place to help keep them safe."

"Three separate reviews over the past year have concluded that the basic framework of health and safety law is fit for purpose, yet the Government remains committed to an ideological attack on what it calls 'health and safety red tape'."

"What workers need is more effort and resources put into helping people comply with existing laws but instead the Government offers only wholesale deregulation and cuts to the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities that advise on and enforce the law."

Notes for Editors:

  1. Workers' Memorial Day started in Canada and the US 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). This year marks the 20th year that it has been commemorated in the UK and since 2010 it has been officially recognised by the British Government. In addition to the activities of Trade Unions, it is marked by safety campaigners, professional bodies, the Health and Safety Executive and local authorities.
  2. In the UK over 20,000 people die prematurely every year as a result of injuries or accidents caused by their work.
  3. For further details on the TUC Day of Action to Defend Health and Safety visit: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/index.cfm?mins=180&minors=124&majorsubjectID=2
  4. You can find Usdaw' s latest Workers' Memorial Day leaflet at: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/adviceresources/resources/workersmemorialdayleaflet.aspx
  5. Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK' s fourth biggest and fastest growing trade union with over 415,000 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.

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