our 24th annual commemoration in association with the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission will take place on
Tuesday 28th April 2015
@12.30pm at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living.
This year the theme for the 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 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.
Stuart Baker Midlands Organiser UCATT, the union for workers in the construction sector
Rob Marris LP candidate W’ton SW
Rev. Bill Mash, Diocesan Officer for Mission in the Economy & Team Leader, Black Country Urban Industrial Mission
Marie Taylor, President WB&DTUC
& wreath laying ceremony
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.
Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.
WORKERS' MEMORIAL DAY 2015 events in the West Midlands:
Wolverhampton TUC's 24th annual event Tuesday 28th April 12.30pm Cenotaph, St Peter's Sq Wolverhampton WV1 1TS
Birmingham Tuesday 28th April 12.30pm - St Philips Cathedral Grounds Colmore Row B3 2QB
Solihull Tuesday 28th April 2.30pm Brueton Gardens B91 3DL (opp Barley Mow Pub)
Walsall Tuesday 28th April
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