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.
The theme for #IWMD20
The theme chosen for the day is: ‘Tackling psychosocial hazards at work – taking the stress out of the job’. It highlights the harm caused by occupational stress and related conditions, such as work-related depression, anxiety, burnout, work-related alcohol and drug misuse and work-related suicides.
#IWMD20 can shine a spotlight on the harm caused by low pay, insecure work and hours, excessive workloads and inadequate staffing that can lead to workplace stress, The bad and weak management practices that have contribute to the explosion of work-related psychosocial problems such as punitive sickness absence policies, disciplinary procedures, oppressive performance management, targets and appraisal systems.
For further resources please visit Unite at Work - Health and Safety.
- Find an event near you on 28 April. Workers' Memorial Day falls upon a Tuesday so it is a good day for an event in a workplace, but community events, such as those organised by trades councils, might be organised at a weekend.
- Organise a get together. If nothing is happening then get together with some of your workmates or others in the area where you work and organise something. It can be a commemorative rally, a workplace meeting or just a small get-together.
- Organise a minute's silence in your workplace on the day. Remember it does not have to be on the Sunday if your workplace is closed then.
- Ask your local council, or any other public body, to fly official flags at half-mast on the day. Remember that the day is officially recognised by the government.
- Arrange an event such as planting a memorial tree in a public place, putting up a plaque, dedicating a sculpture, a piece of art, or a bench, to remember workers who have been killed at the workplace or in the community.
- Distribute purple 'forget-me-not' ribbons, the symbol of Workers Memorial Day.
- Let people know about anything that happened in your area on the day - use hashtag #IWMD20.
We will update this section as and when we hear about new events, so please check back to keep an eye on what's happening on Workers Memorial Day 2020.