Workers’ Memorial Day 28th April 2014

International Workers’ Memorial Day is on the 28th of April 2014 and with the ongoing ConDem offensive against health and safety it is especially important we rally on the 28th to highlight this fact and galvanise the resistance. Memorials will be taking place the length and breadth of the country so make sure you attend your local event  (see list of events below) and read on to find out what you can to contribute on the 28th.

This year, the TUC is coordinating a broad range of activities across Britain to promote Workers’ Memorial Day. You can view here, directions as to how to get involved, key events and local initiatives. From the TUC website:

Below is a list of some of the events that are happening up and down the country. Some of these events will also feature a minute’s silence at noon, or a suitable time. All are on 28th April unless indicated otherwise.

What you can do:

  • Find out what is happening in your area on 28 April. This website will list all the local activities we know about, but you can also ask your union branch or trades council;
  • If nothing is happening then get together with some of your workmates or others in the area where you work and organise something;
  • The event takes place shortly before the European Elections. Ask your candidate for their views on the need for a strong health and safety strategy from Europe.
  • If you are working on 28 April then organise a minute’s silence in your workplace;
  • 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;
  • If you are planning any events for the day of action to defend health and safety or you want to raise awareness about Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April, then it is important you consider how you can best use local media both before and on the Day.
  • 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 #IWMD14

If you are organising an event for Workers Memorial Day and would like it displayed on these pages, then please email through the details to healthandsafety@tuc.org.uk

For resources on Workers Memorial day including ribbons and car stickers please contact the Greater Manchester Hazardscentre at: mail@gmhazards.org.uk

National events

At the CWU National Annual Conference in Bournemouth a minutes silence will be observed.  A special CWU – WMD pamphlet will be distributed at the Conference. 1000 delegates, observers and visitors will wear purple forget-me-not ribbons on the day and will hear a special address by CWU General Secretary Billy Hayes.

London, South and Eastern

Waltham Forest (London) A ceremony is to be held at Walthamstow town hall site (Forest Road E17) between 13:00 and 14:00 The event is organised by Unison, Unite, GMB, NUT and the local Trades Council. All local people and TU’s welcome, purple ribbons will be sold on the day to raise funds for local health and safety campaigning.

London Demonstration outside the Qatar Embassy in protest over the slaughter of workers on building sites in Qatar. Assemble: 8.30am – 9.00am at 1 Audley Street, W1K 1NB. Hand in letter of protest: 9.15am

London Memorial rally at Building Worker statue, Tower Hill EC3.10.30am. Black balloons will be released representing workers who’ve been killed. Trade union and safety activist speakers. Wreaths will be laid in remembrance to all those who have lost their lives. A lone piper will play a lament.

Harlow Saturday 26 April from 11:00am, handing out health & safety leaflets and ribbons at the Obelisk in Broad Walk, Harlow CM20 1HX followed by a March to St. Pauls Church hall in Playhouse Square for a rememberance service. A wreath will be carried by UCATT UF044 branch secretary Allan Jolley, a participant in the 1972 National Building strike and a blacklisted bricklayer.

London Joint union meeting on asbestos to remember those killed in UK workplaces. Presentations, networking and refreshments. 17:30-19:30 at Unison Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Midlands

Wolverhampton  12.30pm at Cenotaph, St Peters, Wolverhampton WV1 1TS. A range of trade union and other speakers followed by a wreath laying ceremony

Northern

Hartlepool. The trades council is holding an event at 12:30 in Christ Church, Church Square. Speakers include, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary, Community, Heather Wakefield, UNISON, Trevor Burden, bereaved family member (Father of Jason Burden)Stephen Hughes MEP and Ian Wright MP.

Hartlepool . A Health & Safety Seminar  at Hartlepool College of Further Education to run between 9.00am to 12noon (buffet breakfast provided) and a Memorial Service for Students (all students/staff invited) will be held at 11.00, Hartlepool College of Further Education. Following the conclusion of the service a wreath will be laid at the ‘Tree of Remembrance’

Ashington. 26th April. meet at the Elephant, North Seaton at 11:00 for coffee and biscuits and speakers from unions. Followed by a service at North Seaton cemerary at 12:30 led by Ronnie Campbell MP and Ian Lavery MP with a laying of wreaths, a memorial plaque and the planting of a memorial tree.

Gateshead The Trades Council will be holding at event on the day. Assemble at Saltwell Park at 13:00, with a service and speakers at 13:30 in attendance will be Rev Canon Lyn Jamieson (Industrial Chaplain), Dave Anderson MP , Ian Mearns MP and the Mayor of Gateshead

North West

Manchester. There will be a rally at 11.30 at Albert Square. Speakers: Trade Unionists, Teresa Griffin MEP candidate, Families Against Corporate Killers,  GM Asbestos Victims Support Group, young workers. Minutes silence, laying of wreaths. Short play: Demented deregulatory daleks defeated by collective action!  Shout out for safety:  Then a walk to People’s History Museum for Meeting at 12.45 ‘Standing up for Health and Safety H&S in UK and EU’ Speakers include regional TUC secretary Lynn Collins and Teresa Griffin. There is also an Exhibition at the People’s History Museum  17.4.14:   ‘2young2die@work

Liverpool Joint  Trade Unions event on at South Piazza of Georges Dock Building- corner of Mann Island and the Strand—pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD , at 13:00.

Liverpool Event at UCATT’s Memorial in Hunter Street, Liverpool at 12 noon

Preston WMD Committee event Saturday 26th April  gather at 11.45am in Flag Market, minutes silence at 12 noon, service and speakers, march to Lune street monument where workers were shot during the 1842 General Strike. Gather for lunch at the Black Horse. More information from http:// www.lancashiretradeunions.org.uk

Salford, Agecroft Colliery Dedication of the Agecroft Colliery Memorial Garden at 12 noon on Saturday 26th April at the Agecroft Memorial Stone, Agecroft Road M27, Salford. North Ashton Prize Band, speakers, planting of a rose bush and blessing the garden. Followed by Agecroft Colliery reunion at the Swinton Royal British Legion.

Blackburn Blackburn and District Trades Union Council event. Assemble 12.30 at WMD Tree at Northgate 2 mins silence and laying of wreaths.

Bolton Leafleting. Meet Victoria Square at 11.30am for leaflet and ribbon distributions. Organised by Bolton Unison

Chorley Chorley Trades Council event on Friday 25th of April, service & speakers, meet at Park Gates, Astley Park, Chorley 17.45, bring flags and banners.

Scotland

Flags will be lowered at Scottish Government buildings, the National Gallery of Scotland and most Council headquarters on the day. The Church of Scotland is encouraging ministers to use IWMD as a focus for their sermons on the 27th April.

Aberdeen Memorial event at10.30am, Persley Walled Garden, Bridge of Don

Dundee Meet at noon at the Memorial Tree, adjacent to Discovery Point, Riverside Drive, Dundee

Edinburgh Ceremony starting at 12:30 at IWMD Tree and memorial, West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh.

Glasgow Meet at the People’s Palace/Winter Gardens, 12 noon.

Greenock Procession from Inverclyde Council Municipal Buildings; Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony Clyde Sq

Inverness There will be a ceremony at the Town House, Inverness. Assemble,  12.30 for 12.45.

Kilmarnock Meet at 11.00am at the Workers Memorial Tree in Dean Country Park, Kilmarnock.

Midlothian there will be a commemoration at12.30pm IMWD Memorial, George V Park Bonnyrigg. Guest speakers

Coatbridge Ceremony at 12 noon, Sumerlee Industrial Museum, Coatbridge, ML5 1QD

Hamilton Assemble at 11.30am, South Lanarkshire HQ, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AA

Bathgate West Lothian Trades Council will be organising a ceremony in Bathgate Sports Park, Torphichen Road, Bathgate starting at 12.30pm. Speakers will include civil leaders, trade unionists and local MSP and MEP. There will be a lament piper.

South West

Penzance. There will be a event at 12.00 at the Memorial Tree in Penlee Gardens (top gate opposite the tennis courts). Speakers to include: Rev Julyan Drew and local Council representatives. Minutes silence, speeches, laying of wreath in remembrance.

Yorkshire and Humberside

Immingham 10:00, at the Workers Memorial in the Grounds of the War Memorial Pelham Road Immingham. Service Conducted By Rev Mary.J.Vickers Industrial and Urban Chaplian.

Grimsby 13:00, at the Workers Memorial in the Grounds of the War Memorial Nunn’s Corner Grimsby. Service to be conducted By Rev Mary.J.Vickers Industrial and Urban Chaplian.

Cleethorpes 15:00, at the Workers Memorial in the Pier Gardens Alexandra Road Cleethorpes. Service Conducted By Rev Paul Hunter.

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