International Worker’s Memorial Day is an important occasion. Each year it gives us the opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives at work, and those who still endure dangerous working conditions.
Last year Labour Councillors Richard McCauley and Martin Bond were instrumental in creating a stunning statue in Vera Page Park, as a tribute to working people and a permanent reminder to remember the dead, and fight for the living.
In the current crisis, we’re all reminded on a daily basis who the real key workers are in our society. They are those putting themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe or to keep us supplied with what we need, and they are those we cannot do without – care workers, NHS staff, school staff, shopworkers, postal workers, people processing Universal Credit claims and providing employment support, those in the logistics industry including drivers and warehouse workers, police, firefighters, and more.
Every Thursday at 8pm we clap for them, and now we are joining UNISON, the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Nursing in calling for a minute’s silence at 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 28th April – International Worker’s Memorial Day – to remember all those who have lost their lives in this pandemic and in particular those who have done so at work.
If you are able to do so, we ask you to join us in this tribute.