Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day – We will never forget

 

The 28th April is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember all those who left for work and never returned homes. Every year more people die at work than they do in wars, this is not because of “tragic accidents” its because some employers have a blatant disregard for their employees safety and well being. Workers memorial day commemorates those who have fallen but also highlights the continuing battle to make health and safety of employees at top priority for every workplace. Workers around the world will be holding events and vigils to mark the day.

 

Over 20,000 people die every year because of their work. Most of these because of exposure to dangerous substances. In 2015 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.

 

The proliferation of zero hours contracts has come to symbolise the failure of not only the Conservative-led coalition’s economic policies but also workers health and safety. Workers who are on Zero Hour Contracts are less likely to questions employers about dangerous practices or report breaches of health and safety. This means the world faces a silent crisis of impending doom for many workers safety. Just as Zero Hour Contracts are aligned to the Victorian practices of men fighting for work tickets they also take health and safety back to the dark ages. Trade Unions play a vital role in holding dangerous workplace to account and making sure bad employers are punished. We must continue the fight to improve workplace safety in the honour of those who have sadly fallen.

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