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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

ACTU publishes a list of 28 April activities in Australia

International Workers’ Memorial Day activities across Australia can be found here.

Ireland: Workers’ Memorial Day 2018 – April 28th

Ireland’s Health and Safety Authority (HSA) reports “Colleagues from Congress, Ibec, the Health and Safety Authority and Construction Industry Federation will come together to mark the occasion with a programme of joint awareness raising initiatives.  To mark the day there are a range of initiatives that your organisation should consider including:

  • Get involved by using the national Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland logo on your website, social media presence, presentations, email signatures, displays and in offices and workplaces
  • In-house training sessions or a toolbox talk
  • Website/Social Media/Newsletter content
  • Guest speaker presentation to your staff
  • Press release to your local/national media marking your event / the day”

More details here. Contact: Gavin Lonergan, Head of Communications at the HSA at or (01) 799 7838.

Australia: On 28 April VTHC will campaign for industrial manslaughter laws

Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) is marking International Workers Memorial Day with a focus on industrial manslaughter legislation.

Boots and shoes will be laid out to represent each workplace fatality in Victoria over the past 12 months. VTHC will also run a forum on the campaign and a very striking poster has been produced.

Click on the image for a larger version or download the PDF here.

For further information contact Renata Musolino
Victorian Trades Hall Council

Croatia: Healthy workplaces manage hazardous chemicals (SGH)

Sindikat graditeljstva Hrvatske (SGH ), the Croatian affiliate of the global construction union BWI, observes every year at the end of April, a day or two before 28 April SGH  traditionally organises a  round table or conference.

This year on 27th April  there will be a tripartite conference “Healthy workplaces manage hazardous chemicals.”

Further information:

Sindikat graditeljstva Hrvatske
Trade Union of Construction Industry of Croatia
t/f: +385 1 465 5014
m:  +385 99 253 6590


Slovenia: SDGD press conference, exhibition and survey to mark 28 April

Global construction federation BWI affiliate Sindikat Delavcev Gradbenih Dejavnosti Slovenije (SDGD) reports that on April 28th the construction union will hold a traditional press conference to inform the public about the Zveza svobodnih sindikatov Slovenije/ Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (ZSSS) messages on the occasion of the World Health and Safety Day.

They will also have an online survey of occupational diseases and then publish the results with an exhibition planned for the 6th floor of the union HQ.

Traditionally, at the same time, they publish statistics for last year, how many injuries, occupational diseases, how many died …

One month ago, the union sent questions to the state authorities that kept official statistics on all of these and asked them to send the data by 19 April 2018.

They  work on press and communication on April 28 from 2003 onwards every year.


Spain: Manifiesto de CCOO y UGT ‘Trabajo seguro es tu salud, es tu derecho’

28 de abril 2018: Manifiesto de CCOO y UGT/manifesto prepared by CCOO and UGT.

Canada: Day of Mourning British Columbia

Last year, 158 B.C. workers died from a workplace injury or disease. Now, families and communities are left to mourn.

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. As workers, families, employers, and communities come together at ceremonies held around the province to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational disease, and renew the commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces.

Day of Mourning BC has published an excellent set of resources to support activities on International Workers’ Memorial Day.