“Thursday April 28 is International Workers’ Memorial Day when we remember the dead and fight for the living. We have a history of marking this important day with events around the country. Last year we asked our members to put their boots and tools out in memory of a worker who was killed at the Royal Adelaide Hospital site.
At the same time we were sent an email by Zola: an 8 year old grade 3 student from the south east of Melbourne who wanted to know what her class could do to commemorate the day. Several people in her family had been injured at work and so Zola’s mum suggested she contact the CFMEU.
We were blown away.
Zola organised her class to put their shoes and pencil cases (their tools) out, and took a photo.
Every 6 minutes a worker in the industries we cover is either killed or seriously injured. We will always stand up for safety. We’re asking that you stand up with us.”
“International Workers Memorial Day takes place annually around the world on April 28th, an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.
Unions Tasmania is holding commemorative service in Hobart to remember the lives of workers who have been killed at work.
This is an opportunity for us to honour those workers who have lost their lives during their normal course of employment and stand alongside those family and friends who are left behind.
There ecumenical memorial service will be held at St Davids Cathedral in Hobart on Thursday 28th of April at 5.30pm. (Coffee and tea will be available from 5pm)
You are most welcome to join with us in remembering your loved ones who have tragically lost their lives in a workplace accident.”
Since the beginning of this year, 22 Australians have been killed at work. Last year, 190 Australians were killed at work. The year before that, it was 187 workplace deaths. 28 April each year is International Workers’ Memorial Day — a day to remember all those workers who have been injured or killed at work and renew the call for safe workplaces.
Remembering those that have suffered and lost their lives, renew the fight for safer workplaces, adequate Workers Compensation
entitlement’s, care and support for the injured.
Thursday 28th April 2016
Workers Memorial Stone, 12pm, Foreshore Drive, 200m east of the Brewery, Newcastle