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.
In the year of coronavirus, this day of commemoration has never been more important. And that is why UNISON is asking the country to observe a minute’s silence, to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have already lost their lives to COVID-19.
This year Staffordshire UNISON joined Staffordshire County Council to lay a plaque on the kissing gate situated in Barlaston in Stone.