St Helens residents and Labour campaigners have joined people across the country in marking International Workers’ Memorial Day today.
Floral tributes have been left at the stunning memorial in Vera Page Park, laid by dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of St Helens Cllr Paul McQuade, Labour Leader of St Helens Borough Council David Baines, and both St Helens Labour MPs Conor McGinn and Marie Rimmer.
The memorial was created in 2019 by local resident and trade union activist John Riley and Labour councillors Martin Bond, Richard McCauley and Paul Pritchard.
International Workers’ Memorial Day is held annually on the 28th April, paying tribute to those who have lost their lives at work or from work-related injury and disease and reaffirming our commitment to fight for better standards of health and safety for the benefit of everyone.
Labour councillor Martin Bond, one of the leading figures in creating the St Helens memorial, trustee of the Workers’ Memorial charity, and Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Governance, says: “The 28th April 2021 marks 2 years since the unveiling of the Workers Memorial at Vera Page Park. Last April the country was in full Lockdown and we marked Workers Memorial Day 2020 virtually. This year a simple socially distanced event is being held. The plans of the charity to hold a public event every 28th April in conjunction with May Day Celebrations, like so much of normal life, have been put on hold by the Pandemic. In 2022 we hope to hold a series of events in St Helens around the memorial for Workers Memorial Day and May Day itself.
Throughout the last year there has been loss of life at work through contraction of the virus and in other ways. We at the charity have felt that markedly in the last year ourselves. The monument was installed to keep those who have been lost in our collective consciousness and this Workers Memorial Day we, as always, remember the dead and fight for the living.”
Find out more about the St Helens Workers’ Memorial at: http://shwm.org.uk/