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. 


In 2020 many more workers lost their lives at work as front line and key workers in hospitals, care homes, on our roads and railways and across the country dedicated themselves to dealing with the impact of the coronavirus. We thank them and all workers and will remember them. 

Unite against covid-19

In 2020 we are all working in unique circumstances, as the coronavirus pandemic affects every worker regardless of sector or locality. Hundreds have lost their lives to the virus while working on the frontline, acting to protect the public and to keep society running. 

Workers are risking their lives every day, while many 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.

The theme for #IWMD20

The theme for the day is: ‘Stop the Pandemic in the Workplace.’

Workers are in the coronavirus front line, never has the WMD slogan “Remember the dead, Fight for the living” been so crucial as it is today during the fight against Covid-19. The pandemic is having a major impact on all of us, not just on lives and physical well-being but on our mental health as well, causing people anxiety, worry and putting them under additional stress.

This crisis underscores the need for our mental health services to be supported and for workers to know that there is help for them when they need it.

While we may not be able to attend the memorial events which usually take place, we want to build a day of ‘virtual’ action on Tuesday 28 April.

Hold a minute's silence

Join in the minute's silence at 11:00, which is held every year to commemorate lost workers.

Until then make sure you   join a union and and get active, unions keep workers safer so   join Unite today.

For further resources, including #IWMD20 posters, please visit Unite at Work -  Health and Safety