This year's event will be Thursday 28th April 2016
12.30pm at the Workers' Memorial Day Tree, Cenotaph, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living.
55 attended our 24th annual commemoration in association with the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission on Tuesday 28th April 2015
The purpose behind the day has always been to "remember the dead: fight for the living" and unions are asked to focus on both areas, by considering events or memorial to remember all those killed through work but at the same time ensuring that such tragedies are not repeated.
That can best be done by building trade union organisation, and campaigning for stricter enforcement with higher penalties for breaches of health & safety laws.
Report by Express & Star here.....
In 2015 the theme for the day was "removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace".
Hazardous substances are found in almost every workplace in the UK and many workers have no protection against the possible effects, despite the fact that tens of thousands of workers have their health destroyed by asthma, dermatitis, lung disorders and cancers because of exposures. In addition to hazardous substances, many unions and trades councils will be campaigning on the general theme of demanding better regulation, greater inspections and an end to the anti-health and safety rhetoric from the government and their allies in the press.
Angela Eagle MP, Chair of Labour National Policy Forum and a member of the Labour NEC
Sean Lee Midlands Secretary UCATT, the union for workers in the construction sector
Rob Marris UNITE & LP general election candidate Wolverhampton South West
Rev. Bill Mash, Diocesan Officer for Mission in the Economy, Black Country Urban Industrial Mission
Marie Taylor, UNITE & President WB&DTUC
& wreath laying ceremony
Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.
The purpose behind Workers' Memorial Day has always been to "remember the dead: fight for the living" and unions will be holding events across the Midlands to remember all those killed through work and to campaign to improve safety in the workplace today.
Over 20,000 people die every year because of their work, with most of these deaths being related to exposure to dangerous substances. This year the theme for workers memorial day is "removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace". Hazardous substances are found in almost every workplace in the UK and many workers have no protection against the possible effects, despite the fact that tens of thousands of workers have their health destroyed by asthma, dermatitis, lung disorders and cancers because of exposures.
In addition, campaigners will be campaigning on the general theme of better regulation, greater inspections and an end to the anti-health and safety rhetoric.
Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron, said:
“Workers Memorial Day is an important date in the calendar. It is a day for reflection. A day to reflect on the loss of loved ones who went to work and never returned home. And a day to reflect that thousands more who will lose their lives in 2015 as a result of simply doing their job.
The Midlands TUC will mark Workers Memorial Day by holding a Health and Safety Conference to examine the challenges that workers face today and will be joining the commemoration at St Philip’s Cathedral.
We will remember the dead and fight for the living.”
WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY 2015 events in the Midlands:
Birmingham 12.30 p.m. Grounds of St Philip's Cathedral, Colmore Row, B3 2QB
Birmingham: 10:00–15:30. Health and Safety Conference at Transport House, 211 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AY. During lunch, delegates will join the event in the grounds of St. Phillip’s Cathedral
Derby: Meet at 10:30am at St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street, Derby for a service of prayer, thanksgiving and commemoration
Leicester: 12 Noon. Meet at Leicester Town Hall Square. The event will start with 1 minutes silence in respect of all those who have lost their lives due to work. Speakers will include representatives from UCATT, UNITE, the Lord Mayor and politicians Jon Ashworth and Keith Vaz.
Lincoln: Meet by the steps near City Square in the city centre. This year's rally will take place by the WMD tree from 12noon
Solihull, Meet at 12.30 p.m. Brueton Gardens (opposite Barley Mow pub)
Wolverhampton: 12.30pm. Meet at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS. Speakers & Wreath Laying Ceremony
Wolverhampton TUC's 24th annual event Tuesday 28th April 12.30pm Cenotaph, St Peter's Sq Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
Walsall Tuesday 28th April
Corby: Saturday 25th April, 11.00am, Steel Worker Statue, Outside of The Cube, Corby
MIDLANDS TUC HEALTH & SAFETY CONFERENCE
28TH APRIL 2015 REMEMBER THE DEAD, FIGHT LIKE HELL FOR THE LIVING
The Midlands TUC, in association with Derbyshire Asbestos Support Group, Thompsons Solicitors and Asbestos Support West Midlands, will be holding a Health & Safety conference in Birmingham. The details of which are;
TUC Midlands Health & Safety Conference
10am, Tuesday 28th April 2015
Unite the Union, Transport House, Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1DE
Guest Speaker: Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT
The conference will lead discussions on;
- Workers’ Memorial Day – Raising Awareness
- Changes to H&S Legislation – Thompsons Solicitors
- Asbestos Victims Support Group – Doug Jewell
- Health & Safety and the Industrial Agenda – Yvonne Washbourne
- Stress Busting, Tackling Workplace Stress – Mick Brightman, Unionlearn
A lunch will be provided and during our lunch break delegates will be asked to make their way to the Workers’ Memorial Event in the Grounds of St. Phillip’s Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham, with Steve Murphy for the short service and Steve’s address to the event.
This is the first of what will become an annual event by the Midlands TUC and we do hope that you will be able to join us.
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