Trade unionists, Employers, MP’s, Senior Councillors and members of the public from across Nottinghamshire as well as representatives from the NHS and the Health & Safety Executive attended a Service to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday, 26 April 2019 at St Mary’s Church, Lace Market, Nottingham.
Chair of UNISON’s East Midlands Regional Health & Safety Committee, Sandra Patterson, said:
“Every year we commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, paying our respects to those who have lost their lives while doing a job. Eight people across the East Midlands have had their lives cut short over the past year, one of the fatalities was only 18 years old.
Each and every one is a tragedy for the families involved and it is incumbent on ourselves, as representatives of working people, to strive to make workplaces safer. We can only do that in co-operation with good employers and good employment practices so it is pleasing to see employers represented here today.”
Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually around the world as an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, inured or made unwell by their work. This day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace incidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety.
“Remember the dead – Fight for the Living”