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UK: Workers’ Memorial Day, one month to go


Dear colleagues,

In four weeks’ time, our movement will observe International Workers’ Memorial Day. Every year, it is an opportunity to remember all workers who have lost their lives to work due to health and safety failures causing fatal injury or illness. We come together to renew our fight for safer work and stronger unions.

You can find the TUC’s brand new #IWMD21 page here: to tweet or share to Facebook.

You can now:

Register for the TUC national zoom call with Frances, Sharan Burrows (ITUC) and more.

➜ Search for your local Memorial Day event or add your own

Download posters and graphics to print off or share online

…and find lots of other ways to get involved here.

Keep an eye on the page as more resources get added in the weeks leading up to 28 April.

In solidarity,


Shelly Asquith
Health and Safety Policy Officer
Trades Union Congress

Global: Covid 19 crisis shows the vital role of caregivers in our society – UNI global union

“Home care workers are the first line of defense against #covid19 for millions of elderly & sick patients. This crisis is showing the world the vital role caregivers play in our societies,” said Christy Hoffman General Secretary of UNI Global Union. ⁩
#ProtectHomecareWorkersRead more • UNI Global Union

Germany: Memorial in front of hospitals in Cologne

Am 28.April wird jedes Jahr den an Betriebsunfällen und Berufskrankheiten verstorbenen Arbeiter*innen gedacht. Der internationale „Workers‘ Memorial Day“ ist ein Anlass, um nicht nur auf die menschenverachtenden Ausbeutungsverhältnisse des globalen Kapitalismus hinzuweisen, sondern auch auf die gesundheitsschädlichen Folgen der industriellen Produktionsweise, vor allem für die Erwerbstätigen.

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Indonesia: Federasi Serbuk 28 April activities


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#internationalworkersmemorialday 28 April adalah ‘prasasti’ untuk memberi hormat bagi para buruh yang mati di tempat kerja dan sakit akibat kerja, tentu akibat dari buruknya perlindungan bagi para pekerja, • Kita harus mengambil kesempatan ini sebagai kampanye pencegahan kecelakaan kerja dan kondisi kesehatan yang buruk di tempat kerja, • Serikat Buruh harus mengambil tanggungjawab ini, mengampanyekan keselamatan kerja dan menuntut perusahaan-perusahaan untuk mematuhi protokoler kesehatan yang semestinya diberikan kepada para pekerja, • Federasi SERBUK Indonesia sangat konsen pada isu keselamatan kerja, yang diwujudkan dalam Aliansi-aliansi K3, • Oleh karena itu jangan lewatkan pidato politik Ketua Umum SERBUK Indonesia, Subono. Dalam rangka peringatan International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) 2020. • Pidato politik yang disambung dengan sesi wawancara bersama akan disiarkan melalui Facebook Persatuan Buruh dan Instagram @persatuanburuh • Sekian dan terimakasih, Salam K3! __________ #internationalworkersmemorialday #serikatburuh #buruhberserikat #buruhbersatu #serbukindonesia #perkuatperkawanan #perhebatperlawanan #persatuanburuh #pidatopolitik #workers #workersstruggle #workingclass #banggaberserikat #keselamatandankesehatankerja #hidupburuh

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BWI affiliate Federasi Serbuk has published its plans for 28 on its Instagram page

Canada: Day of Mourning action call by CUPE

National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

On April 28, the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job, we remember all the workers we have lost. On this day, CUPE also joins with the Canadian Labour Congress and other unions around the county to demand that all governments enforce the laws, including Westray provisions in the Criminal Code and occupational health and safety laws.

We urge CUPE members to observe a moment of silence and lower flags to half-mast on Tuesday, April 28. Show your support by prominently displaying our poster at your workplace.

Every day in Canada, workers lose their lives on the job. Their deaths are preventable and should not happen. It boggles the mind that we lose almost 1000 workers every year.

In 2017, the most recent year that full statistics are available, the officially recorded number of workplace fatalities rose to at least 951. As with every year, we say “at least” because we, in the labour movement, have always known that the number is higher.

Last year, a new report called Work-Related Death in Canada has attempted to quantify the number of workers lost who are usually uncounted. These are people who are not in the compensation system, or are self-employed, or work “off the grid” in precarious work. Or they are considered to have had a “natural” death, or were commuting to and from work, or who died from an occupational disease or cancer that was never related back to their working conditions.

If we include all the uncounted, the research suggests that there may be 10-13 times as many people dying because of work in Canada than we officially accept in our compensation system.  But while there may be no insurance payment for those left behind, their loved ones are gone just the same.

We implore governments and employers to invest in prevention, including strong health and safety committees. We call for a robust enforcement regime to enhance prevention through pro-active inspections, and to punish those employers who refuse to fulfill their duty to ensure a safe workplace. We also call on the federal government to reinstate the definition of danger that existed in the Canada Labour Code before Stephen Harper weakened it without consultation in 2014.

Day of Mourning poster

Day of Mourning flag **New Design!**

UK: Remember Covid-19 dead on 28 April – UNISON

IWMD will give us the chance to remember the workers who have died because of COVID-19

Tuesday 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living.

In the year of coronavirus, this day of commemoration has never been more important. And that is why UNISON is asking the country to observe a minute’s silence, to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have already lost their lives to COVID-19.

The campaign for a minute’s silence at 11am next Tuesday was launched earlier this week by UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, which collectively represent more than a million NHS and public service workers, including porters, refuse collectors and care staff.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said it would be “the ultimate tribute to remember workers who’ve lost their lives and put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and vital services running.

“Every year, the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised, but this year has a special significance because of the pandemic.

“Thousands of key staff are on the frontline while the rest of us are in lockdown. That’s why we’ve issued this call for the whole country to take part and remember the sacrifices they’ve made. The best tribute we can all pay them is to stay inside to protect the NHS.”

Thousands of workers across the UK are caring for those suffering from COVID-19 or delivering vital public services that are vital for us all – potentially putting their own safety and even their own lives at risk.

In many cases, these workers know that, by simply doing their jobs, they are putting themselves at risk.

The risks faced by those working in the health and social care sectors has already been acknowledged, but there are also others – those working in childcare, police services and refuse collection, in hostels and rescue centres, in gas, water and electricity, and in transport services among them – whose work and dedication often goes unacknowledged.

Tragically, some of these workers have already died. In some cases, more could have been done to protect them, whether by better enforcement of social distancing, looking after workers with underlying health conditions or provision of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe.

While improvements have been seen in some areas, more needs to be done – specifically in relation to assessing the risks our members are facing and ensuring that all staff who require it are getting the protective equipment needed to do the job safely.

UNISON has never been afraid to demand the highest standards for workers; we have not been afraid to speak out and hold the government to account on providing the right PPE when staff need it, and to hold employers to account who are not doing enough to keep their workers safe.

All of this adds to the importance of observing a minutes’ silence at 11am next Tuesday.

But other things that you can do include:

  • tweeting us, @unisontheunion, your pictures of public service workers, whether of yourself, your colleagues or even those you may not personally know, continuing to do the jobs that are keeping us all safe – although don’t go out especially to get these;
  • if you are having a problem getting the PPE you need to keep you safe, let us know here;
  • email any other COVID-19 safety related issues to

Coronavirus: what you need to know

Spain: CC.OO graphics produced for International Workers’ Memorial Day

Spanish trade union confederation Confederacion Sindical de Comisiones Obreras CC.OO has produced 28 April graphics that have been reproduced below.

CC.OO asegura que el COVID-19 revela la debilidad de la prevención de riesgos laborales en España




For further information:

Calle Fernandez de la Hoz 12


+34 (0)91 319 18 50
+34 (0)91 310 48 04

Poland: Temat obchodów Światowego Dnia Bezpieczeństwa i Ochrony Zdrowia w Pracy – 28 kwietnia 2020

Szanowni Państwo,

Międzynarodowa Organizacja Pracy ogłosiła, że tematem obchodów Światowego Dnia Bezpieczeństwa i Ochrony Zdrowia w Pracy – 28 kwietnia 2020 r. będzie:

Stop pandemii

Bezpieczeństwo i higiena pracy chroni i ratuje życie

Jest to odpowiedź na kryzys światowy wywołany pandemią, stanowiącą wielkie wyzwanie w zakresie bezpieczeństwa i higieny pracy. Światowy Dzień Bezpieczeństwa i Ochrony Zdrowia w Pracy skoncentruje się w tym roku na problemie zwalczania chorób zakaźnych w pracy, a w szczególności pandemii COVID-19 oraz na ochronie bezpieczeństwa i zdrowia pracowników podczas wznawiania działalności przez przedsiębiorstwa, które powinno przebiegać zgodnie z zasadami zapewniającymi ograniczanie rozprzestrzeniania się zakażenia.

Międzynarodowa Organizacja Pracy podkreśla potrzebę podejmowania specjalnych środków w celu ochrony pracowników służby zdrowia i innych pracowników, którzy w walce z pandemią codziennie ryzykują własne zdrowie. MOP zwraca także uwagę na wykorzystywanie na szeroką skalę pracy zdalnej, która nie powinna zaburzać równowagi między życiem zawodowym a prywatnym, umożliwiając realizowanie innych zajęć, takich jak opieka nad dziećmi, osobami chorymi lub starszymi.

Więcej informacji o obchodach dnia na stronie

W dniu 28 kwietnia w godz. 15:00-16:00 MOP organizuje webinarium, którego celem będzie stymulowanie dialogu na temat znaczenia zapewnienia bezpieczeństwa i zdrowia w pracy, nie tylko dla ochrony życia pracowników, ale także dla zapewnienia ciągłości biznesowej. Webinarium będzie prowadzone w języku angielskim. Można się na niego zarejestrować poprzez stronę–en/index.htm

Jednocześnie informuję, że materiały poświęcone planowanemu wcześniej przez MOP tematowi Dnia („Przemoc i nękanie w miejscu pracy”) będą dalej przygotowywane i zostaną przekazane do upowszechnienia w późniejszym terminie.

Z pozdrowieniami,
Dorota Pięta

Centralny Instytut Ochrony Pracy – Państwowy Instytut Badawczy
Ośrodek Promocji i Wdrażania
ul. Czerniakowska 16
00-701 Warszawa
tel. 571 303 805

Australia: ACTU shareables and pointers on 28 April events

International Workers’ Memorial Day takes place annually around the world on April 28 – it is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Trades and Labour Councils (TLCs) around Australia will be holding their events online this year.

You can find details of the various TLC events here.

The ACTU has also prepared some shareables that all are welcome to use.

Australian Council of Trade Unions
Level 4/365 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
t (03) 9664-7340 f (03) 9600-0050
e w
Facebook /AustralianUnions
Twitter @UnionsAustralia
Instagram @AusUnions


Europe: On 28 April ETUC remembers those who died from corona virus at work

ETUC has today shared 28 April materials for general use prepared by their communication department.

The aim is to make a solid connection between the current Covid 19 crisis and more general health and safety issues.

ETUC has provided the materials in formats for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (and also in editable formats so you can edit – add your logo and translate), a statement signed by ETUC and European sectoral trade union federations, and a list of short texts we will use with the visuals on social media.

ETUC will publish the statement and start posting on social media from Friday 24 April, with new posts every day until and including Tuesday 28 April.

You are encouraged to use the materials as you wish, to translate and adapt, and also to share/like ETUC posts . ETUC has full rights for photos so you can use them too. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #IWMD20, we are also using #CoronaVirus and #Covid19 .

ETUC webpages