“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.”
On the occasion of 28th April 2016, Bangladeshi unions will mobilise with a week of events, which will include meetings on compensation and rehabilitation for Rana Plaza victim workers, a commemoration of the tragedy on April 24th both with OSHE as a lead organiser and a demonstration on April 28th to honour all who died and got sick at work.
Last April 24th, in the occasion of 3rd anniversary of Rana Plaza Tragedy, the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) organised a victim demonstration (9am morning) followed by meetings for Rana Plaza Survivors in Savar with mobilization of media. When it comes to April 28th, a workers demo will be organised in Dhaka calling for strong law and strong enforcement in workplaces.
The demo would be a joint endeavour by the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE), Bangladesh Free Trade Unions Congress (BFTUC) and other associated trade unions and industrial federations.
The video “Growth with Tears” on the struggle of Rana Plaza victims and can be viewed below:
The video below is called ‘Widows of the Workers: These Chemicals are Going to Kill Me’:
It is part of the ‘Giving Voices to Widows of Asbestos’ project. The General Electric plant they are referring to is in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The initiative is being supported by the union SEIU Canada.
The following video link is an overview of the project by the union researcher Natasha Luckhardt. Gofundme
These 10 films show workplace tragedies and hazards over the past 100 years. April 28 is Worker Memorial Day, a time to remember those who died on the job and to fight for better health and safety for all workers. Facebook