Workers' Memorial Day
- Tuesday 28 April 2020
Safe work is a right not a privilege. Workers' Memorial Day, held on 28 April every year, brings together workers and their representatives from all over the world to remember the dead and fight for the living.
According to the International Labour Organisation across the world every year:
- One worker dies every 15 seconds worldwide.
- 6,000 workers die every day.
- More than two million men and women die as a result of work-related accidents and diseases
- Workers suffer approximately 270 million accidents each year, and fall victim to some 160 million incidents of work-related illnesses
- Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives
#IWMD19 - Here are some details from the events held in 2019
Organise something in your own workplace to ‘Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living’ - hold a minute’s silence at noon or a suitable time, wear a purple ribbon or Unite sticker, talk to colleagues about the issues. Check back nearer the date for details of events across the country, until then make sure you join a union and get active, unionised workplaces are safer workplaces so join Unite today.
Corby, Steelworkers statue, town centre, Corby Saturday 27 April 11:00
Leicester, Town Hall Square, Leicester on Sunday 28 April at 12:00
Gibraltar, Lobby of Parliament, Friday 26 April 12:00. Event jointly organised by Gibraltar Cultural Services of her majesty’s government of Gibraltar and Unite the union. The chief minister Fabian Picardo MP will lead the service and there will also be a speech from Christian Duo, the chairman of Unite’s Gibraltar branch.
Belfast, Stormont Grounds, Monday 29 April, 12:00, organised by Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Speaker Kyle Garrick, Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
Enniskillen, at the Brook Park, Saturday 27 April 11:00. Organised by Fermanagh Council of Trades Unions. Speaker: Jackie Pollock, Unite regional secretary, Ireland.
Omagh, Omagh Grange Park, (district council offices) Saturday 27 April, 10:00. Organised by Omagh trades union council.
London and Eastern
London, The Building Worker Statute, Tower Hill, Unite Construction event, Friday 26 April, 10:00. Speakers include: Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary and Pete Kavanagh London and Eastern regional secretary. Release of black balloons and wreath laying.
Waltham Forest, Abbotts Park, E10 6HT (near Leyton Midland overground station) Sunday 28 April 13:15-13:45. Speakers will include John Cryer MP.
Wisbech, flower laying at the Clarkson memorial (junction of Bridge Street and South Bank). Friday 26 April at 13:00.
North East, Yorks and Humberside
Ashington: 27 April, 11:00 - Public meeting at The Elephant, Newbiggin Road, Ashington, NE63 0SZ
Ashington: 27 April, 12:30 - Wreath laying at North Seaton Cemetery
Barnsley 27 April 12.30pm Steps of Barnsley Town Hall
Bradford 28 April 11.45am Memorial Garden at the rear of the Town Hall
Calderdale 28 April 1.00pm Outside Halifax Central Library
Doncaster: 27 April, 11.30 - Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Waterdale, Doncaster
Gateshead 28 April 12.00pm Rose Garden, Saltwell Park, Gateshead
Grimsby: 28 April, 13:00 - Grimsby Cenotaph, Nuns Corner, Grimsby
Keighley: 28 April at 18:30, Keighley Shared Church, Church Green, Keighley, BD21 5HT
Leeds: 26 April, Time 11.45am, Memorial Stone, Victoria Gardens, The Headrow, Leeds
Hartlepool: 28 April from 12.30 - Dedication of a new Workers’ Memorial at Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool, TS24 7EQ – Confirmed speakers include Frances O’Grady, general secretary, TUC
Hartlepool: 27 April, 19:00 - An Evening with Frances O’Grady – tickets are £8.00 from firstname.lastname@example.org Rotherham: 28 April, 12:00 - Outside Rotherham Minster
Saltaire 27 April 2.00pm Tree planting and commemorative plaque unveiling – Roberts Park, Saltaire
Sheffield: 26 April, from 12.3013:00. Outside Town Hall by the Memorial Tree on Pinstone Street, S1 2HH
Stanley Crook: 28 April, 19:00 -St Thomas’ Church, Stanley Crook, DL15 9QS
Manchester, Albert Square, Sunday 28 April, 12:00 – 13:00 music, speakers, street performance and laying of wreaths
Preston flag market, Saturday 27 April, 11.45 – 13:00 with speakers and a march to lay wreaths at peace garden
Chorley, Unite Memorial Tree, meet at Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley, Friday 26 April, 17:45. Speakers will include: Steven Turner, Chorley Branch Secretary, Janet Newsham Greater Manchester Hazards, Lindsay Hoyle MP. Banner welcome.
Liverpool, Unite Memorial, Hunter Street, Liverpool L3 8EN, Sunday 28 April 11:30 – 12:15. Remember the dead, but FIGHT for the living. Come and join us in Liverpool with speakers Ritchie James Unite north west regional secretary and Joe Anderson, Liverpool mayor.
Aberdeen (city), Rose Mound, Duthie Park, Polmuir Road, Aberdeen AB11 7TH.
Aberdeen (TUC), Persley Walled Gardens, Aberdeen, AB21 9WH, Sunday 28 April, gather at 12:30
Alexandria, Christie Park – Memorial Tree, Park Street, Alexandria GB3 0DF, Saturday 27 April, 13:00.
Alloa, Workers Memorial at Clackmannanshire Council HQ, Kincraigs, Greenside St, Alloa FK10 1EB.
Bathgate, Workers Memorial, Bathgate Sports Centre, Torpichen Road at Sunday 28 April 12:30.
Bonnyrigg, at the Michael McGahey memorial in George V Park, Bonnyrigg Sunday 28 April 12:30.
Clydebank An event will be held at Truth and Justice Square (formerly Solidarity Square), Dumbarton Road (corner of Alexandria St), Saturday 27 April at 11:00.
Coatbridge There will be an event at the Summerlee Industrial Museum on Heritage Way, Friday 28 April, 12:00.
Dundee, Memorial Tree –Discovery Quay (@Memorial Tree), Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4XA, Sunday 28 April 12:00.
Edinburgh There will be an event at the memorial and tree in West Princes Street Gardens, Sunday 28 April 13:00
Falkirk, Callendar Riggs, Falkirk, Scotland FK1 1UZ, Sunday 28 April, 11:00
Fife, Memorial Tree, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy KY2 5PH, Saturday 27 April, 11:00
Glasgow, Glasgow Green, Greendyke Street, (next to Peoples Palace), Saltmarket, Glasgow G1 5DB.
Greenock Grand Hall, Inverclyde Council HQ at 11:45 on Friday 27th April followed by a procession to Clyde Square for a wreath laying ceremony at 12:00.
Hamilton, Workers Memorial Stone, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA, Sunday 28 April, 11:00.
Inverness An event will take place at the Workers memorial on Friars Shott/Huntly Street. Meet on Sunday 28 April at 12:45 for a 13:00 start.
Irvine, at the Memorial Garden, Kilwinning Road, Irvine. Thursday 25th April at 18:30.
Kilmarnock, Memorial Tree, Dean Country Park, Kilmarnock, Saturday April 27th, 10.45 for 11.00.
Kirkaldy Meet at the memorial tree in Beveridge Park at Saturday 27th April at 11:00.
Paisley, the Workers Memorial , Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, Sunday 28 April 13:00.
Renfrew Meet at the Workers Memorial Cairn, Robertson Park, Paisley Road Renfrew on Sunday 28 April at 11:00.
West Dunbartonshire, at the Memorial Tree, Christie Park, Alexandria on Saturday 27th April, 13:00.
Milton Keynes, John Lewis car park, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3EP Sunday 28 April 11;30 – 13:00. Short walk to Mk Rose accompanied by a brass band, minutes silence followed at 12:00 by wreath laying and speeches. Speakers include Sarah Carpenter – Unite South East regional secretary, Matt Draper, national officer for road transport commercial, warehousing and logistics sector.
Oxford, Wesley Memorial Church (John Wesley Room, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH), Saturday 27 April, 10:00
Featuring: Layla Moran MP, Anneliese Dodds MP, Amanda Martin, NEU president-elect, Roger McKenzie, UNISON (invited), Guest speakers from UNISON County and Unite Health branches. Followed by 12:00 assemble north end of New Inn Hall Street and March to the International Brigade Memorial, South Park Ceremony and Speeches featuring: Megan Dobney, International Brigades Memorial Trust, Michelle Codrington-Rogers, NASUWT, Calvin Tucker, Morning Star campaigns manager, Guest speaker from Palestine Solidarity, Guest speaker from Cuba solidarity Campaigns. 2pm Refreshments and Workshops at East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, OX4 1DD.
Portsmouth, Victoria Park, 3 Stanhope Road, Portsmouth PO1 3HJ. Monday 29 April assemble for 11:45 for a minute’s silence at noon.
Southampton, trade union bench, Andrews Park, near Jury’s Inn hotel and peace fountain SO14 0TB. Sunday 28 April 10:45. Minutes silence at 11:00 followed by speeches
Ivybridge, Station Road, Ivybridge PL21 0AH. Sunday 28 April, 14:00. Event to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Richard Zebedee who was tragically killed at work. The remembrance service will be at the site of the paper mill where Richard died.
Plymouth: Two events in Devonport, HMS Drake Cricket pavilion and also Henley south west corner of the car park. Both events Monday 29 April at 11:00.
Birmingham: St Philip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2QB
Coventry, Old ruins, Coventry Cathedral CV1 5TB. Friday 26 April 12:00. Speakers will include Unite regional officers.
Dudley: Coronation Memorial Gardens, opposite ethe Council House, Sunday 28 April at 12:30
East Staffordshire, National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas DE13 7AR, 14:00
Sandwell: Sandwell Council house Oldbury will hold a memorial service the event on the Friday 26 April, at 10:30 - 11:00am
Solihull: Memorial Stone, Brueton Gardens by Barley Mow pub, Friday 26 April at 12:00
Stoke, memorial garden outside Unite office, 140 Broad Street Hanley ST1 4HP, Friday 26 April at 13:00
Walsall, by St Matthew’s at the memorial stone WS1 3DG, Saturday 27 April at 12:00
Wolverhampton, Workers’ Memorial Day tree, Cenotaph, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS Sunday 28 April at 12:30