Workers’ Memorial Day Events – Friday 28 April 2017:
To: All Branches
Workers Memorial Day has become the focal point for an increasing number of commemorative events involving the bereaved, trade unionists and their families, the TUC, STUC, WTUC, ICTU, all UK Unions, Hazards Campaign, Government bodies and Local Authorities among others who participate.
All over the world workers and their Unions and Safety Representatives conduct events on WMD, Hundreds of thousands of people in up to 100 countries will be involved in thousands of activities on WMD, to mark the day, e.g. commemorations, demonstrations, vigils services, rallies, marches, meetings, seminars and educational activities.
The CWU has always publicised and promoted maximum participation in these events and once again this year the Health, Safety & Environment Department would urge all Reps to give support to local WMD events.
For the last three years CWU has commemorated Workers Memorial Day during the week of CWU Annual Conference as WMD has fallen during Conference week and a number of activities have taken place in Bournemouth, including a minute’s silence, pamphlets, posters, badges, pens etc.
This year WMD falls on the Friday of Conference week a day after Conference ends.
A list of events published by the TUC and added to by others notified to the CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department are listed below for your information and consideration.
Please note that there will be many more events and commemorations than those listed and it is advisable that if one is not listed for your Branch area or Region then please make enquiries with the Regional TUC, other Branches and contacts from other Trade Union Branches locally and local Trades Councils, local authorities, Hazards and Asbestos Campaign organisers etc., who may have details of unlisted events. Regional TUC telephone contact numbers are listed below.
Please display the CWU and TUC Workers Memorial Day Posters, circulate LTBs and Branch Circulars/Newsletters publicising the day and events to generate participation and support.
The CWU WMD Posters have been circulated separately with LTB 201/2017.
The purpose behind Workers’ Memorial Day has always been to “remember the dead: fight for the living” and the CWU will continue campaigning for such tragedies not to be repeated. That can best be done by building a strong trade union organisation, and campaigning for high safety standards, stricter safety law enforcement with higher penalties for breaches of health & safety laws.
Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government. Over 20,000 people die every year because of their work.
This year the theme for the day is “Good Health And Safety For All Workers Whoever They Are”. So with the UK now having triggered Article 50 on 29 Mar 2017 to begin the process of departing from the European Union and Tory Prime Minister Theresa May telling the Nation that “Brexit will carry consequences for the UK” the risk of UK Health and Safety Legislation and protections for workers being dumped is a very real threat. Many leading members of the Tory Party and Bosses haven’t wasted any time in backing a Tory Press campaign calling for The Conservative Party to promise a ’Bonfire of EU Regulations, Rules and Red Tape, in its 2020 manifesto to put Britain on a radically different course, driving down Workers rights and protection.
The CWU and TUC will be campaigning on the general theme of protecting safety standards, demanding better regulation, greater inspections and enforcement of Safety Laws and an end to the anti-health and safety rhetoric from the Tory government and their allies in the press.
Below is the latest list of some of the events that are happening up and down the country on WMD. Please support your local events. Some of these events will also feature a minute’s silence at noon, or a suitable time. All are on Friday 28th April unless indicated otherwise. Some will take place before the 28th and some on the Weekend of 29th/30th April as indicated.
Central London Tower Hill – Friday 28 April, At the Building Workers’ statue, at Tower Hill next to the Tower of London, Assemble at 10:30am. Speakers: Mary Bousted TUC President), Gail Cartmail Acting G/S Unite, Speakers Safety Campaign organisations. Followed by wreath laying and release of black balloons.
Leyton – Friday 28 April, 11am at Bakers Arms – a WMD commemoration for Marian Nemit who died whilst carrying our construction work on a shop site
Southwark – Friday 28 April, 10.45-11.15 at HSE, Rose Court, Southwark Bridge, London
Walthamstow – Friday 28 April, 1pm – 2pm WMD Remembrance Event at Walthamstow Town Hall Forest Road, E17 4JF, food and refreshments available. Trade Union Speakers plus local MP John Cryer, one minute silence held. All welcome. Flowers and Wreath Laying. Then at 5.45am at Low Hall Depot – a commemoration for the worker who died in a dust cart crash a few years ago
Chelmsford – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm at Central Park, (near the lake and viaduct at the Memorial Tree). The guest speaker will be Dan McCarthy, Vice-President of the NASUWT
Colchester – Friday 28 April, 7.30pm at International Workers Memorial Tree in Castle Park followed by refreshments at the Forrester’s Arms in Castle Road, Colchester, CO1 1UW
Milton Keynes – Sunday 23rd April assemble 11am-11.30 am event concludes 1pm – Meet in John Lewis car park, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EP – Five minute walk to MK Rose and accompanied by a brass band. Event will include two minute silence, wreath laying and speeches. Free hot drinks.
Portsmouth – Friday 28 April, 11.45am Workers’ Memorial, Victoria Park, Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth. Organised by Portsmouth Trades Council. There will be a minute’s silence at noon followed by the laying of wreaths and flowers then Speakers.
Bristol – Thursday 27th April 2017, 6.30-8.30pm, – Bristol Hazards are hosting a WMD Event at CWU Offices, 20 Church Rd, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS5 9JA. Guest Speaker Phil Chamberlain UWE co-author of ‘Blacklisted the secret war between trade unionists and big business’ For tickets or further details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weston-super-Mare – Thursday 27th April, 12-2pm at North Somerset Council Offices, BS23 1UJ in the North Somerset Hall.
Birmingham – Friday 28 April, Assemble at 12.30pm in the grounds of St Philips Cathedral, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2QB There will be a number of speakers
Derby – Friday 28 April 2017, 8.30am – 8.30pm at the Intu Centre level 1, (Between Build a Bear and Patisserie Valerie), West Mall, Derby DE1 2PL – There will be a display of 3D artwork which highlights hazards in the workplace. It’s Interactive 3D artwork to raise awareness of Workplace Hazards. The Public and Visitors will be encouraged to come along and interact with the artwork and negotiate workplace hazards to get to a safe place of work.
Solihull – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm in Brueton Gardens B91 3EN (opposite the Barley Mow Pub). Speakers include the Mayor of Solihull Coun Mike Robinson.
Staffordshrie – Friday 28 April, Assemble 2.45pm, WMD Memorial service starts at 3.30pm, at the National Memoriam Arboretum Alrewas, DE13 7AR. Then an evening event follows at 7pm at the Burton Caribbean Association, Uxbridge Street, DE14 3JS, free admission, food and cash bar.
Wolverhampton – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm. Meet at the Cenotaph, St Peter’s Square Wolverhampton WV1 1TS. Speakers & Wreath Laying Ceremony. Speakers from Mids TUC, Trade Unions. Everyone welcome. Further Info from WB&D Trades Council. Tel: 07932797139
Northern/North East/ North West
Ashington (Northumberland) – Saturday 29th April – 10am at upstairs function room of the Elephant, Newbiggin Road, Ashington, Northumberland NE63 0TB
Blackburn – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm at the Workers’ Memorial Tree at Sudell Cross, at Blackburn with a wreath laying, Speakers and a piper.
Bolton – Friday 28 April, WMD Event – Assemble Victoria Square, Bolton 11:30 am – Sun April 30 2017 Chorley – Friday 28 April, Workers Memorial Day event, Assemble at the Astley Park Gates, Park Road, Chorley at 5:45pm – There will be a short walk to the “Workers Memorial Day Tree“ for 6pm start a WMD Service and speakers include – Lindsay Hoyle MP, Janet Newsham – Greater Manchester Hazards, Keith Martin – Unite Health & Safety Rep. Father Marsden. All welcome to join. Banners and flags welcome.
Cleethorpes – Friday 28 April, 3pm at The Workers’ Memorial and tree in the Pier Garden’s Alexander Road Cleethorpes
Grimsby – Friday 28 April, 1pm at The Workers’ Memorial and Tree in the grounds of the War Memorial Nunn’s Corner Grimsby
Halifax – Friday 28 April, 1pm outside Northgate House HX1 1UN
Hartlepool – Friday 28 April, There will be a remembrance service & wreath laying ceremony at 12.30pm, in Christ Church, Church Square, Hartlepool with speakers and wreath laying. That will be preceded by a Health & Safety Seminar on the morning of 28th April 2017 at Hartlepool College of Further Education (HCFE) to run between 09.00am to 12noon (buffet breakfast provided). Prior to the seminar, a wreath will be laid at the Tree of Remembrance in Hartlepool College of Further Education at 08.45 am. Also: An “Eve of WMD Gig” will be held at The Studio, Tower Street, Hartlepool, 7.30pm, Thursday evening 27th April 2017
Immingham – Friday 28 April, WMD Event at 10am at the Workers’ Memorial and tree in the Grounds of the War Memorium, Pelham Road, Immingham, Lincolnshire DN40 1QE
Keighley – Friday 28 April, 11am at the Cliffe Castle with student reps from Holy Family. 12pm at Keighley Town Hall Square with bugler
Leeds – Friday 28 April, 11.30am, meet at St Anne’s Cathedral, before a march down to the stone in Victoria Gardens at the Art Gallery for 11.45am, speeches from Hilary Benn MP and Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council.
Liverpool – Friday 28 April 11:30am – 12 Noon, South Piazza, Georges Dock Bld, Pier Head L3 1DD, (Dock Road bottom of James Stree), Wreath Laying and a Piper. Followed by a provided coach to the Unite Union Bld, Jack Jones House, 2 Churchill Way, Liverpool L3 8EF Liverpool L3 8EF for Speakers and seminar. 1.00-2.30PM
Merseyside – Friday 28 April, 10.30-11.30am at HSE Headquarters, Redgrave Court, Bootle, Merseyside
Manchester – Friday 28 April 12 noon – 1pm at Lincoln Square, Brazennose St. , Manchester : Then on to the People’s History Museum for tea and speakers/meeting Chaired by Lynn Collins, Secretary of the North West regional TUC. Speakers include Debbie Abrahams MP, Andy Burnham MP, Tracey Steward FACK and representatives from trade unions, Hazards. Reading the names of those killed at work; Laying of wreaths; One minute’s silence. Music by Claire Mooney. Bring banners & wreaths. Organised by the North West trade unions, Greater Manchester Hazards Centre and FACK.
Preston – Sat 29th April -11.45-12.45 Meet at Preston Flag Market, 4 Cheapside, Preston, Music, minutes silence, short rally, March with banners to Corn Exchange, laying of wreaths, social gathering in the Black Horse afterwards.
Rotherham – 12pm at Rotherham Minster, on Church street/Minster Gardens
Sheffield – Friday 28 April, 12 Noon -1 pm at Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield.
Sunderland – Friday 28 April, 12 noon at Workers Memorial Garden in the Quadrant of Sunderland Civil Centre Burdon Road SR2 7DN
York – Friday 28 April, 12noon National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Personal appearance of Director Ken Loach
Aberdeen – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm for Ceremony at 1pm at Persley Walled Garden, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.
Alexandria (West Dumbartonshire) – Sat 22 April – 10.30am at Christie Park, Alexandria G83 0DF at the memorial tree.
Bathgate – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm at Bathgate Sports Centre, Balbardie Park, Torpichen Road, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 4LA
Coatbridge – Friday 28 April, WMD Event – Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Heritage Way, Coatbridge ML5 1QD
Clydebank – Saturday 29th April, 11am – meet at the International Asbestos Memorial Glasgow Road Clydebank
Dundee – Friday 28 April, 12pn at the Memorial Tree, adjacent to Discovery Point, Riverside Drive, Dundee
Edinburgh – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm Ceremony at IWMD Tree and Memorial, West Princes Street Garden, Edinburgh
Falkirk – Sat 22 April 11.45 for 12pm in the foyer of the Municipal buildings in Falkirk
Fife – Friday 28th April 11.00am, Memorial Tree, Beveridge Park, Abbotshall Road, Kirkcaldy, KY2 5LZ . Speakers Douglas Black (UNISON), local MSP’s and Councillors
Glasgow – Friday 28 April, 12pm at International Workers Memoriam, People’s Palace, Glasgow Green
Hamilton – Friday 28 April, 11.30am at South Lanarkshire Council, HQ, Almada Stree, Hamilton, ML3 0AA
Inverness – Friday 28 April, 12.45pm for 1pm at Friar’s Shott/Huntly Street, Inverness, IL3 8LF
Irvine – Thurs 27 April gathering in North Ayrshire at 6.30pm for workers memorial at the Memorial Garden, Kilwiinning Road, Irvine
Kilmarnock – Sat 29 April 10.45am at the Dower House in Dean Country Park, Kilmarnock
Midlothian – Friday 28 April, 12.30pm at George V Park, Bonnyrigg at IWMD memorial
Cardiff – Friday 28 April, Wales TUC WMD Event – All Welcome – 11am, the Unite Building, Cardiff CF11 9SD
Belfast – Thurs 27th April 2017 at 10.30am Event to mark Workers Memorial Day 2017, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions invites all Trade Unionists and the Public to join them at the WMD event to lay Wreaths and Flowers at the WMD tree in the grounds of Parliament Buildings, Stormont followed by a Minutes silence and Speakers.
Regional TUC Contact Telephone Numbers:-
South West TUC Tel: 0117 947 0521
Midlands TUC Tel: 0121 236 4454
North West TUC Tel: 0151 482 2710
Northern TUC Tel: 0191 227 5565/5553
Southern & South Eastern TUC Tel: 020 7467 1220
Yorks & Humber TUC Tel: 0113 242 9696
Scottish TUC Tel: 0141 337 8100
Wales TUC Tel: 029 2034 7010
Northern Ireland Committee – Irish Confederation of Trade Unions Tel: 02890247940
Wear a Purple Forget-me-Knot Ribbon on the day £30 inc p&p per 100 ribbons. Order them from mail@gmhazards,org,uk G. M. Hazards Centre, Windrush Millennium Centre. 70 Alexandra Road Manchester M16 7WD Tel: Hazards Hilda Palmer 0161 636 7557 mail@gm,hazards.org.uk
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer