Category Archives: 2018

Namibia: MANWU will use 28 April to campaign for a National Employee Wellness Policy

Between 28 – 30 April construction unknown and BWI affiliate Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (MANWU) will be running a workplace campaign to strengthen OSH Programmes between MANWU and all stakeholders. In particular MANWU will campaign for the Ministry of Labour to develop a national employee wellness policy and finalise an occupational safety and health policy

The union will develop campaign materials for importance of Employee wellness policy and finalisation of the OHS Policy.

Mauritius: CMWEU activities for 28 April

Construction union and BWI affiliate Construction, Metal and Employees Union (CMWEU) has announced its plans to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.

The union’s plan is to “Sensitise the workers on difference between general checkup and work related medical checkup and what protection exist in the law.

“Acquire expert support, Occupational Health Physician to educate workers on Occupational diseases and long-term effects on the livelihood of the worker.”

And “Visibility actions to educate workers on ‘UNIONS MAKE SAFE WORK’”

The activity will take place in Rose Hill – Mauritius . It is targeted at CMWEU Unions leaders, OHS committee members, government and the public and it is hoped the outcome will be that “Workers become fully aware of the occupational diseases and long-term effects and how best to prevent from such. Distribution of pamphlets and other printed materials on work sites and sensitization campaign through meeting on work sites.”

Wales TUC to produce a short film highlighting the effectiveness of safety reps

Wales TUC is to produce a short  animation for Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April. The union body will be launching it digitally, along with a pre-recorded item from the First Minister. The animation will focus on the difference that health and safety reps can make at work.

Further details:

Nisreen Mansour

Policy Officer
Wales TUC
02920 347 012
1 Cathedral Road,
CF11 9SD



Swyddog Polisi
TUC Cymru
02920 347 012
1 Heol yr Egwys Gadeiriol
CF11 9SD

Canada: Manitoba Federation of Labour event for 28 April

Manitoba Federation of Labour will mark International Workers’ Memorial Day with a walk and memorial service more

Canada: Nova Scotia activities for 28 April

Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is marking 28 April with three events:

“Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents.

“We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

“Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day.

“By working together – with employers, workers and our health and safety partners – we can prevent worker injuries and deaths before they occur.

“In 2017, 21 workers lost their lives due to workplace accidents/illness.

“You can attend this year’s ceremonies at the following locations:


Saturday, April 28th
11 a.m.
Nova Scotia Legislature (Province House) outside grounds Wreath laying invited.

For information:
Joan Wark
NS Federation of Labour


Saturday, April 28th
3 p.m.
Monument in Memorial Park on Park St. (Main Street)
Host: Annapolis Valley Labour Council
Wreath laying invited
Reception to follow at the Labour Council Office at 362 Main Street

For information:
Wayne Kelley
Annapolis Valley Labour Council President


Saturday, April 28th

11:30 a.m.
Fisherman’s Memorial, Water Street, Yarmouth
Host: South West Labour Group
Wreaths and yellow carnations invited
Some carnations will be on hand

Opportunity to read loved name into memory
Further info contact event chair Lisa Potter

902-245-2990 email”

Canada: On 28 April Ontario Nurses’ Association will commemorate those who have been injured, made ill or killed at work

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is marking International Workers’ Memorial Day with a series of events and has also published a poster and other resources. More details

Canada: New Brunswick listing of 28 April events

New Brunswick 2018 Day of Mourning Events   

Bathurst: Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. Day of Mourning Monument near Sacred Heart Cathedral, Douglas Avenue. For more information, contact John Gagnon at (506) 545-0651.

Fredericton: Saturday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Fredericton Fallen Firefighters’ Monument next to the Small Craft Aquatic Center along the south banks of the Wolastoq (Saint John River). For more information, contact Tyler McCready at (506) 999-2251.

Moncton: Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. Cenotaph in Bore Park. For more information, contact Janice Melanson at (506) 530-4478. Visit their Facebook event page

Saint John: Saturday, April 28 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Day of Mourning Monument, Frank & Ella Hatheway Center at Rockwood Park. For more information, contact Pat Riley at (506) 635-8610.

Miramichi: Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. River Front Park (Ledden Street) on the north shore of the Miramichi River. For more information, contact Gail Baker at (506) 622-4315. Visit their Facebook event page

Edmundston: Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 a.m. Park next to City Hall on Canada Road. For more information, contact Lorn Martin at (506) 737-7063

Further details

Construction unions in Turkey to mark 28 April

Global construction union Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) affiliates in Turkey have reported several activities to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day:

  • YOL-IS will gather in front of the union building and issue a press release.
  • TARIM ORMAN-IS – will gather forest workers in the field and issue a press release.
  • AGAC-IS – the union will have its branch congress, where the President will make a speech regarding the IWMD.

BWI 28 April briefing

Brazil: Abril Verde runs a month of activities for worker safety and health

Abril Verde, supported by national trade union centre La Unión General de Trabajadores (UGT), is a running a month of activities for worker health and safety,.

The Green April movement is “an initiative of the Union of Safety Technicians of the State of Paraná,” that “aims to bring to society the issue of the safety and health of the Brazilian worker. ”

More information

Argentina: Poor working conditions kill 7,500 every year

Using the Workers’ Memorial Day * 28 April Facebook page El Instituto de Salud Laboral y Medio Ambiente (ISLyMA) of the Argentina union CTA has made the following 28 April  announcement:

“Para seguir capacitándonos…. En Argentina más de 7500 trabajador@s mueren al año por las malas condiciones laborales.
Atrás de las muertes de los trabajador@s está el negocio multimillonario de las Aseguradoras…Conocer nuestros derechos para defenderlos. LA SALUD NO SE VENDE SE DEFIENDE”

[translated by Facebook]
“To continue educating…. in Argentina more than 7500 trabajadors die a year for poor working conditions.
Behind workers’ deaths is the billionaire business of insurance companies… to know our rights to defend them. Health is not sold, it is defended”