International Workers’ Memorial Day Events, Monday 28 April

24 April 2014

International Workers Memorial Day Monday 28 April

(A list of events from various websites is available below)


From the Hazards website:

Our health and our safety is under attack like never before.  All that we have now in terms of safer and healthier working condition was hard won by the collective action of generations of workers and their trade unions over the last 50 to 150 years, is under threat, and standards are being driven backwards.  Work is now more intense, harder, longer, and with a ruined safety net.  We are in a fight for our lives and we must defend health and safety for our own sake and that of our children and grandchildren who will have to work until they are 67 and beyond before they can retire.

In 2014, after nearly 4 years of economic recession and specific government attacks on health and safety workers and the public are at much greater risk of being hurt by work than ever before.  But because of cuts in scrutiny and reporting of injuries, diseases and incidents, we are even less likely to know or hear about it in the press/media. So use IWMD to get our message out: we need health and safety red tape and unions to protect us!

“We Love Red Tape – it’s  better than bloody bandages”


Health and Selfies:

#HealthandSelfies- be creative!

Take a ‘Health and Selfie’! Take a photo of yourself holding a piece of card with

‘I Love Red tape not bloody bandages!’ then tweet your Health and Selfie to your own MP, to David Cameron, to local press, and use hastags #HealthandSelfie and #IWMD

We want people think about this, take their Health and Selfies and then be ready to start tweeting them in build up to 28th April plus mass tweeting/posting on the day itself.

We would like everyone to tweet the same slogan ‘I/We Love Red Tape – it’s better than bloody bandages’ #IWMD14 at least once, and then any other slogans you can make up that say what you think to support good health and safety regulation.

Suggested slogans to hold in your Health and Selfie – which you can also use as tweets:

  • #HealthandSelfie I love red tape- it’s better than bloody bandages #IWMD14
  • #Healtha I’d rather be wrapped in red tape than bloody bandages #IWMD14
  • #HealthandSelfie I’m working for a living, not to die #IWMD14
  • #HealthandSelfie I go to work to pay the bills, not to die #IWMD14
  • #HealthandSelfie I go to work to support my children, not to die  #IWMD14
  • #HealthandSelfie I’m 2young2die@work so I love red tape #IWMD14
  • #HealthandSelfie Don’t work me to death: Don’t cut health and safety #IWMD14
  • #HealthandSelfie Work should be a means to an end, not the end #IWMD14
  • #HealthandSelfie No-one should die earning a living@work #IWMD14  
  • #Healthand Selfie “Employers I’m (Joe Bloggs is) 2young2die@work Protect me with red tape at work!’#IWMD14
  • #Healthand Selfie ‘I only work here, my family want me back safe at the end of my shift ’ #IWMD14
  •  #Healthand Selfie ‘Don’t work me to death’ #IWMD14
  • #Healthand Selfie ‘Prime Minister: we’d rather be wrapped in Red Tape than bloody bandages, stop deregulating health and safety law’ #IWMD14


International Workers Memorial Day events:



Construction safety campaign

QATAR EMBASSY: 1 Audley Street, WIK 1NB.

Tubes: Hyde Park / GreenPark.

Assemble: 8.30am – 9.00am

Hand in letter of protest: 9.15am


Join us Monday 28th April we will hand a letter of protest into the Qatar

Embassy demanding an end to the slaughter taking place on the sites. It is

estimated that by the time the world cup kicks off that 4000 workers could die. (Qatar is hosting World Cup 2022)


From the TUC website:

London, South and Eastern

Tower Hill
The Construction Safety Campaign is organising a march and protest. Gather Tower Hill 9.30am at the statue of the Unknown Building Worker, Tower Hill next to the Tower of London and TowerBridge. There will be speakers and a minute’s silence for all those killed from work activities, followed by a March (leaving at 10:30) to the Majors Office. At 12:00 there will be a protest against cuts in health and safety outside the Department of Work and Pensions, Tothill Street, LondonSW1H 9DA.

There will be an event in Central Park, Chelmsford Essex, at 13:00 with an address, prayers, a period of Silence and laying the wreaths. Organised by Chelmsford Trades Council. Followed by, at 20:00 a Public Meeting, at Friends Meeting House, Rainsford Road. ‘HEALTH & SAFETY AND THE GOVERNMENT’S CUTS AGENDA’. Local community stalls and Fairtrade refreshments from 7.15pm. A Workers Memorial Day Exhibition will run from 24 – 30 April 2011 at Chelmsford Library, Public Square, Chelmsford.

Waltham Forest
Commemorative event outside the Town Hall, Forest Rd, E17. 12.30. The event will remember two workers killed in WalthamForest in the previous year. There will also be a showing of a film by Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK), on 19th April. The film will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues it raises. 17.30 – 18.30. WalthamForest Sports and Social Club, Town Hall, Forest Rd, E17.

A memorial candle will be lit by the Mayor at the Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET at 10am. The event itself will last for about half an hour and will include addresses by the Mayor and the Secretary of Croydon trades council.

South West

There will be the laying a wreath at the Workers Memorial Plaque in Castle Park, Bristol at 1300 organised by Bristol Trades Council. All welcome.

Union members at Babcock Marine and Technology, Devonport, will be holding a minute’s silence and read a roll call at 11.00 am, during their Time out For Safety period, in memory of those who have died.


Coventry Trades Council will be hold a commemoration between 12.00 and 13:00 with guest speaker Yvonne Washbourne. The event will be held between St Mary’s Street and Bayley Lane, Coventry

The 20th annual commemoration will be held at 12.30pm at the Cenotaph in front of the Civic Centre and St Peters’ church, St Peters Square opposite Civic Centre and St Peters Church Wolverhampton WV1 1TS. There will be trade union speakers, wreath laying and reading by Rev. Sellick, Industrial Chaplain of the Black Country Urban Industrial Mission organised by Wolverhampton & Bilston Trades Union Council

The Birmingham commemorative event will take place at 12:30 at the commemorative stone outside St Phillips Cathedral, Colmore Row where a service to remember the dead will also be held and wreaths will be laid.

There will be an event commencing at 12:30 at BruetonGardens (opp Barley Mow Pub) in Solihull. All welcome.

Dudley Trades Council are organising a gathering at the Coronation Gardens, Priory Road, Dudley, (Opposite Council House) commencing at 12:00.

There is a commemorative rally from 11am to 1pm in the Arena, New Square at Chesterfield’s historic market. For more information contact Joanne Carlin or Shay Boyle of The Trade Union Safety Team on: 01246 380415 or

There is an event commemorating Workers Memorial Day on Saturday 30th April, at the Steelworkers Statue, outside The Cube, Corby, from 11.00 a.m. The commemoration will be followed by a light buffet. It is organised by GMB Northants Community Branch but all are welcome.

There will be a commemoration, 12-00 noon. Outdoor public meeting at the Workers Memorial Tree in the Town Hall Square at which the Lord Mayor of Leicester will be in attendance.

Rally to mark Workers Memorial Day organised by Lincoln trades council, 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm, Speakers Corner, Cornhill, Lincoln.

Ashfield District Council are to sound the fire alarm as a signal for all staff to observe a minute’s silence at 12:00

Yorkshire and the Humber

Sheffield Trades Union Council is organising an International Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony at the Workers’ Memorial Tree which is situated in front of the SheffieldTown Hall. It will start at 12:30. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, has been invited to open the Ceremony and a number of local trade unionists and citizens have been invited to speak. Event Address: Pinstone Street, SheffieldS1 2HH

Service at 10-30am at the Workers Memorial in the grounds of the War Memorial Pelham Road Immingham. Service will be conducted by The Reverend Mary Vickers Industrial Chaplain. There will be a minute’s silence and speakers.

Service at 1-00pm at the Workers Memorial in the grounds of the War Memorial Nunn’s Corner Grimsby. Service will be conducted by David Shenton. There will be a minute’s silence and speakers.

Service at 3-00pm at the Workers Memorial in the Pier Gardens Alexandra Road Cleethorpes. Service will be conducted by The Reverend Paul Hunter. There will be a minute’s silence and speakers. Anyone who would like to help or support with this, or the Grimsby or Immingham events please contact

There will be an event at the Cenotaph, BarnsleyTown Hall at 12:00. The Mayor of Barnsley has been invited to open the ceremony and there will be speeches and a wreath laying ceremony.

There will be a rally together at 12:00 in the memorial garden at the back of BradfordCity Hall. Bradford council will be lowering the flags on City Hall as a mark of respect.  UCATT has requested that building workers in the city centre take time out from the construction so as there is a little peace for ten minutes and so they can join in the memorial. There will be a minutes silence and placing of wreaths and flowers followed by speeches.

There will be a service of memorial 11.45 by the Worker’s Memorial Tree (past Primark next to Bon Marché opposite Market Offices). They will also have a minute’s silence at 12:00. Organised by Doncaster Trades Council.

North West

Assemble at Mechanics at 11.00 and march to Albert Square. There will be a rally at Albert Square at 12:00 with a minute’s silence. Please bring union banners, placards, flowers, and wear the purple forget-me-knot. Organised by North West TUC and Manchester Hazards Centre. Prior to the march there will be a meeting on Safety Reps rights at the Mechanics at 9.30 – 11.00 Contact to book a place.

The local Unison branch are organising a minute’s silence at 12 midday at a stall in the Town Square. They will also be leafleting the precinct between 11:00 and 13:00

Memorial service at the Workers Memorial Tree Astley Park, Chorley. Service and speakers starting at 6 pm, please bring flags and banners’, contact Steve Turner Chorley Trades Council,

Merseyside UNITE are organising an event at 12 noon South Piazza Georges Dock Building, (corner of Mann Island and the Strand) pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD Colin Carr 0151 203 1907 or 07799114246

There will be Union stalls in the foyers of RoyalLiverpoolUniversityHospital & foyer of Liverpool Heart & chest Hospital / Broadgreen between 11:00 and14:00. Organised by Unison Liverpool Acute Hospitals Branch

GMB are organising Safety representative’s workshop at Columbus Quay, commencing 09.30. Then a Workers Memorial Day Service will take place in the front car park by the Workers Memorial Plaque, followed by discussion & debate around planning Workers Memorial Day event 2012.

A memorial day event will be held at the UCATT memorial, Hunter Street. Assemble at 11:45. There will be speeches ad a minute’s silence observed.

There will be an event on Saturday 30th April, assembling at 11.30am in the Flag Market with a minute’s silence at 12 noon, service and speakers, more information from


Northern region of the TUC is holding Workers Memorial Day seminar focusing on support for workers with cancer and there will be speakers from the Asbestos Support Group and Macmillan cancer support. The morning training day /seminar will take place in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, Sunderland, starting at 10:00 and finish with lunch at 12.00. To book a place call 0191 232 3175

There will be a wreath laying ceremony, organised by the Northern TUC in the MemorialGarden at the Civic Centre at around 13:00. Attendees will then make their way to Sunderland Minster.

Durham Mining Communities Banner Group and the North East Shop Stewards’ at StanleyVillage, near Crook, CountyDurham. Have organised an evening event. Assemble at the Foresters at 6.00-6.30pm, weather permitting, for a short parade to St.Thomas’s Church at 7.00pm.

Workers Memorial Day Remembrance Service & Wreath Laying Ceremony at 12.30pm, in the Christchurch TIC & Art Gallery, Church Square, Hartlepool. Speakers include Paul Kenny, General Secretary of the GMB. Organised by Hartlepool Trades Council.

Hartlepool Trades Union Council has also organised a Health & Safety Training Seminar at Hartlepool College of Further Education, Stockton Street, Hartlepool, under the auspices of Northern TUC, to promote Health & Safety in the Northern Region. This will take place before the remembrance service, commencing at 9:00.

There will be a memorial service organised by Gateshead and District Trades Council in SaltwellPark, Gateshead commencing at 13:30 (assemble at 13:00).


There will be a ceremony organised by Edinburgh trades council at the Memorial Tree in WestPrincesStreetGardens between 12 noon at 1 pm on Thursday 28th April 2011. There will be come short speeches and contributions and wreaths will be laid at the Memorial Tree. This year there will be an anti cuts theme.

A Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place in Clyde Sq at 11am. Procession leaving from the Grand Corridor in Inverclyde Council Municipal Buildings. All welcome.

A simple ceremony will take place at the memorial flowerbed in George V Park Bonnyrigg commencing at 12.30.p.m.

There will be a rally in Glasgow at the Robert Burns statue in George Square. It will commence at 11:00. All welcome.

Company flags will be lowered, a minute’s silence will be observed and an explanatory Safety Bulletin will be issued for WMD at the Babcock plant at Rosyth in Fife.Wales

A memorial to those who have lost their lives at work is being unveiled in the grounds of 1 Cathedral Road by the First Minister The ceremony will take place at 13:00 and will include speeches from the Wales TUC and families who have lost loved ones at work. If you are interested in attending, please contact or call 029 2034 7011



London: Monday 28th April, The Building Worker Statue Next to the Tower of London Nearest tube station – Tower Hill 10.30am


Monday 28th April
Peoples Palace/Winter Gardens
Glasgow Green
12 noon

From the UCATT website:

Aberdeen – Ceremony at PersleyWalledGarden, Bridge of Don, Monday 28th at 10am, UCATT Regional Organiser Steve Dillon will be speaking.

Bonnyrigg – Event at George V Park, Bonnyrigg, Monday 28th April –Tom Lannon UCATT Westminster branch will give the commemorative address.

Kilmarnock – Kilmarnock and Louden Trades Council, 11am Dower House, Dean Country Park Kilmarnock, Andy Wilson Chair of UCATT’s Regional Council will speak at the event and lay wreath on behalf of UCATT.

Inverness and District Trades Union Council – Town House Inverness 12.30, Bill Anderson Inverness Branch Secretary will represent UCATT.

Stirling Council, International Workers Memorial Day Event, 11am Viewforth, Stirling HQ, John Kemp UCATT Regional Council member will be speaking.

Falkirk Council, Commemoration Event, Saturday 26th April at the Municipal Buildings, Falkirk, 11.30am, Jools Szmalc will be representing UCATT.

Clackmannanshire Council, Event at Kilncraigs HQ, Monday 28th 11am, Frank McKenna, UCATT Branch Secretary, retired Regional Organiser, speaking on behalf of UCATT.

UCATT have also arranged for construction sites across Scotland to stop work and hold a minute’s silence on the 28th April


South West From UCATT:

Monday 28th April
Transport House
1 Cathedral Road
CF11 9SD

Other events involving UCATT members in the region include:

Bristol, a memorial event will be held at Bristol Cathedral, Monday 28th April at 12.30pm College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ. UCATT Regional Organiser Tim Morris will be speaking at this event.

UCATT are also arranging for a number of sites in Wales and the South West to stop work at 12pm on Monday 28th April and observe a minute’s silence.

Midlands from UCATT website:

Monday 28th April
St Philips Cathedral Grounds
Colmore Row, Birmingham
B3 2QB

Chesterfield, a memorial event will take place on Friday 25th April in Chesterfield Town Centre beginning at 12pm. Shaun Lee a UCATT Regional Organiser will be representing the union.

Wolverhampton, UCATT are supporting an event in Wolverhampton on Monday 28th April to mark Worker’s Memorial Day. The event will take place at the Workers Memorial Day Tree next to the Cenotaph at St Peter’s Church St Peter’s Square WolverhamptonWV1 1TS. Speakers will include Stuart Baker UCATT Regional Organiser and Rob Marris the prospective Labour candidate for Wolverhampton South West.

From the Unite website:

WMD 2014 regional events

See our listing of all regional events below. All events are taking place on 28 April unless another date is given. Please keep checking back for any updates. For a full TUC listing of IWMD activities click here.

Ireland – awaiting details, check back soon.
London & Eastern
London Demonstration outside the Qatar Embassy in protest over the slaughter of workers on building sites in Qatar. Assemble: 8.30am – 9.00am at 1 Audley Street, W1K 1NB. Hand in letter of protest: 9.15am

London Memorial rally at Building Worker statue, Tower Hill EC3.10.30am. Black balloons will be released representing workers who’ve been killed. Wreaths will be laid in remembrance to all those who have lost their lives. A lone piper will play a lament. Speakers include: Steve Murphy General Secretary UCATT, Gail Cartmel Assistant General Secretary Unite, Tony O’Brien Construction Safety Campaign and a speaker –  London Hazards Centre.

London. Pattinson Brewer Workers Memorial Day event will be held from 5.30 – 7.30pm at the Unison Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. You will hear from trade unions and other asbestos campaigners and charities including Unite national health and safety adviser, Susan Murray.  Presentations, networking and refreshments.

North East, Yorkshire & Humberside
Immingham 10am at the Workers Memorial in the grounds of the War Memorial Pelham Road Immingham. Service conducted by Rev Mary.J.Vickers industrial and urban chaplian.

 1pm at the Workers Memorial in the grounds of the War Memorial Nunn’s Corner Grimsby. Service to be conducted By Rev Mary.J.Vickers industrial and urban chaplian.

Cleethorpes  3pm at the Workers Memorial in the Pier Gardens Alexandra Road Cleethorpes. Service conducted by Rev Paul Hunter.

Northern College – Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Join us for a walk around the gardens at 12.30pm. All members are being encouraging to wear purple to work on the day.

Sheffield Workers’ Memorial ceremony will be held at the Workers Memorial Tree, Sheffield Town Hall at 12.30.  John Allott, Unite National Officer for Construction will be speaking at the ceremony.

North West
Bolton.  Meet at Bolton Town Hall on 27 April at 12 noon.

Chorley Memorial Service at Astley Park, Chorley on 25 April. Meet at the park gates, Park Road, Chorley at 5.45 pm.

Liverpool Merseyside Joint Trade Unions event will take place on the South Piazza of Georges Dock Building (corner of Mann Island and the Strand), Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD at 1pm.

Manchester. There will be a rally at 11.30am at Albert Square. This will be followed by a minute’s silence and laying of wreaths, a short play: demented deregulatory daleks defeated by collective action and a shout out for safety. Then a short walk to the People’s History Museum for a meeting at 12.45pm – ‘Standing up for health and safety in UK and EU.’

Preston. Meet at the Flag Market, Preston on 26 April at 11.30am.

Bathgate. West Lothian Trades Council will be organising a ceremony in Bathgate Sports Park, Torphichen Road, Bathgate starting at 12.30pm.

South East
Southampton 12.30pm at the Unison bench (near the fountain) in Andrews Park. Southampton (close to Jurys Inn)  There will be a speaker from the Southampton Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Society and local speakers

Milton Keynes. Unite Branch SE/6224, GMB and other union members will be assembling at 11.30am on Sunday 27 April at the MK Rose in CampbellPark, Central Milton Keynes. The laying of wreaths will be at 12.00 noon.

Portsmouth – assemble at 11.45 at the Workers’ Memorial in Victoria Park with a minutes silence at noon and flowers. Please bring trade union banners.

South West
Devonport. Union members at Babcock Marine and Technology, Devonport, will be gathering to mark the event during their “time out for safety” period in memory of those who have died. They will be holding a minute’s silence and laying a wreath at their IWMD bench between 11.00 and 11.30 am.

Plymouth Trades Union Council remembers IWMD at 12 noon in the Peace Garden, the Hoe, and in Plymouth City Centre there will be a March and Rally on Saturday 3rd May.  Assemble at 11:00 at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, and attend the Rally at 12:30 in the Charter Room, floor two of the Plymouth Guildhall. Please bring your trade union banners and flags to all events.

Jersey. There will be an event at at 12.00 noon at Howard Davis Park, St Helier, Jersey.

 – awaiting details, check back soon.

West Midlands – awaiting details, check back soon.

Gibraltar  – awaiting details, check back soon.

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