28 April –10 days to go and the countdown starts today!

International Workers’ Memorial Day is less than two weeks away, and is once again set to be the biggest event ever on the health and safety calendar. The union initiated 28 April event, which this year is aiming to build on the 70 plus countries that mark the event each year, will see protests, commemorations, work stoppages, workplace safety initiatives and a host of other activities.

There’s still time to plan an event near you, if there is not one already, or to publicise and mark the day in your workplace. Many unions have produced their own 28 April toolboxes and posters. Other resources, including new posters in English, French and Spanish versions, can be downloaded from the ITUC/Hazards www.28april.org website.

The 2016 theme for the day is ‘Strong Laws – Strong Enforcement – Strong Unions’.

ITUC/Hazards global events listing and resources, including new posters in English, French and Spanish.

For twitter, use the #iwmd16

We have received information already from Spain, UK, Moldova, Belgium, Scotland, Australia among others and the country news will start being sent later today. Send us yours!!

Spain: Focusing on the importance of union safety delegates for 28 April

“Sin delegados no hay prevención” es el lema de la campaña que lanzamos con motivo del 28 de abril, Día Mundial de la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo. Este año, coincidiendo con la campaña de la Confederación Sindical Internacional, titulada “En el trabajo, tu salud y seguridad depende de leyes firmes, aplicación estricta, sindicatos fuertes”, que defiende la necesidad de sindicatos fuertes como la mejor protección para los trabajadores y trabajadoras, desde USO hemos enfocado la campaña en poner en valor la labor y la necesidad de la participación de los Delegados de Prevención. Mas

Scotland: 28 April Scottish Hazards event in Edinburgh

For those of you in and around Edinburgh, please join us on International Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April, 1pm in Princes Street Gardens – Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living. Facebook • Website

New global tools from ITUC

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The global union confederation ITUC has made new resources available online. A brochure for use around International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April is available in English, French and Spanish editions. The guide spells out the reasons behind the three pronged theme for this year’s global activities – strong laws, strong enforcement and strong unions.  ITUC has also produced a ‘Supply Chain Resources Hub’ to support action to clean up supply chains, including links to reports and “international policy decisions through to solidarity actions to support workers who are trying to organise for decent pay, conditions and job security.”

Ÿ 28 April 2016: Mobilising for strong laws, strong enforcement and strong unions, ITUC, English language edition.ITUC news release and supply chains resource hub.

 

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International Workers’ Memorial Day posters

New posters produced by Hazards and ITUC in English, French and Spanish.

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28 April – campaigning here, there, everywhere

International Workers’ Memorial Day is less than two weeks away, and is once again set to be the biggest event ever on the health and safety calendar. The union initiated 28 April event, which this year is aiming to build on the 70 plus countries that mark the event each year, will see protests, commemorations, work stoppages, workplace safety initiatives and a host of other activities. There’s still time to plan an event near you, if there is not one already, or to publicise and mark the day in your workplace. Many unions have produced their own 28 April toolboxes and posters. Other resources, including
new posters in English, French and Spanish versions, can be downloaded from the ITUC/Hazards 28april.org website. The 2016 theme for the day is ‘Strong Laws – Strong Enforcement – Strong Unions’.

ITUC/Hazards global events listing and resources, including new posters in English, French and Spanish.

For tweeters, use the #iwmd16

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Australia: Renewing the call for safe workplaces in New South Wales

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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

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Canada: Day of Mourning – honour and remember lives lost

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning.

Every year workers, families, employers, and others come together at ceremonies held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and re–new our commitment to creating safe workplaces.

More information, a listing of Canada BC activities, posters, decals, speakers and other resources can be found here.

 

Britain: Health and safety leaves your branch stronger

International Workers’ Memorial Day is the ‘perfect chance’ to reinvigorate union health and safety work – and possibly your union branch with it, the public sector union UNISON has said. Encouraging its safety reps to get active around the 28 April event, the union cites the example of its Pembrokeshire County branch, which used UNISON safety campaign materials to up the profile of the issue and in the process recruited 16 more health and safety reps, a new branch health and safety officer and saw safety reps planning more inspections and local health and safety training.
UNISON news report. TUC 2016 Workers’ Memorial Day activities listing. Add your 28 April event to the TUC . For tweeters, use the #iwmd16
ITUC/Hazards global events listing. For Workers’ Memorial Day resources including ribbons and car stickers, contact the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre by email or phone 0161 636 7557 Risks 742.

Wales: Workers Memorial Day 2016

Date and time of event:

Thu 28 Apr 2016 – 11:00 to 12:30

Venue and town/city: Cardiff

Costs: Free

About this event:

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don’t die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers.

Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.

The day is also intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight for the living”.

In 2016 the theme for the day is “Strong Laws – Strong enforcement – Strong Unions” because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the Government have removed protection form millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission are pursuing a dangerous de-regulatory strategy. However strong laws are not enough if they are not going to be enforced. That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws. Here in the UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, however in many other countries enforcement has always been non-existent. That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the Government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.

Information about the venue:

The event will be held at 1 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff at 11 am until 12.30. A small buffet will be provided.

Contact for further information:

wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living