Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 – CWU Special Posters: “Good Health And Safety For All Workers Whoever They Are”

Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 – CWU Special Posters: “Good Health And Safety For All Workers Whoever They Are”
To: All Branches
All Health & Safety Reps
All Regional H&S Forums
Dear Colleagues,
As in previous years and as previously reported, the Health, Safety and Environment Department has produced special Workers’ Memorial Day Posters for distribution to branches, safety representatives and regional health and safety forums. The posters will also be available and displayed at CWU Annual Conference. 
Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year. All over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.
Please find attached a pdf version of the CWU 2017 Workers’ Memorial Day poster which can be downloaded and printed off as required by branches. Hard copies have also been distributed to Branches.
Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers. The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight for the living”.
In 2017 International Workers Memorial Day will have the theme “Good Health And Safety For All Workers Whoever They Are” and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap.
Across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the Government has removed protection from millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission are pursuing a dangerous de-regulatory strategy. However, strong laws are not enough, if they are not going to be enforced. That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws. Here in the UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, however in many other countries enforcement has always been non-existent. That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the Government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.
The TUC coordinates activities across the country, publishing a comprehensive listing of events and suggestions: https://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace-issues/health-and-safety/workers-memorial-day-28-april-2015
A listing of the global activities is available from the Hazards website.
Workers’ Memorial Day 28 April 2017

Remember the dead – but fight for the living

“Good Health And Safety For All Workers Whoever They Are”
Yours sincerely
Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
Email Attachments – Click to download
Attachment 1 – LTB201/17 Workers’ Memorial Day 2017 – CWU Special Posters

Attachment 2 – CWU WMD Poster 2017

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