International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) on 28 April is our day to remember the dead and fight for the living.

Up to 50,000 people die each year in the UK from work-related ill health and accidents.  Although few UNISON members die in workplace incidents, many suffer injuries and work-related ill health.

But it’s no secret – workplaces where there are active trade union safety reps are twice as safe as those without.  Where health and safety isn’t taken seriously, staff:

  • get injured,
  • become ill,
  • are left with a permanent disability,
  • have their working lives cut short, or
  • sometimes die.

UNISON makes a real difference.  Our campaigning for better conditions and your safety reps hard work, make your work safer and healthier.  Together we challenge bad employers and work with good ones.

This year Staffordshire UNISON joined Staffordshire County Council to lay a plaque on the kissing gate situated in Whitehouse Lane in Codsall.

Staffordshire UNISON were also invited by the East Staffs TUC to a ceremony at the National Aboretum.  There is now a memorial in the arboretum for those that have been killed or died through work. The ceremony was also attended by representatives for the FBU, Thompsons Solicitors, Unite and local councillors.