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Unions to fight against employers’ attacks against labour inspection in Poland

To commemorate the International Workers’ Memorial Day, the NSZZ “Solidarność” has planned several conferences and meetings in regions. A national trade union conference will be held on April 27 in Wrocław  ). The theme this year will be “Is internal monitoring of working conditions in companies sufficient?” this has been chosen following employers’ organisations complaint against the Social Labor Inspection Act.  On April 28th Solidarnosc will join a conference organized by the Polish Parliament’s Council of Labor Protection, which will focus on “Observance safety rules in the areas of the economy where there is the greatest number of accidents at work (construction, mining, transport, manufacturing)”

For more information on NSZZ “Solidarność” activities for this 28th April, please contact:

Canada: Sydney Day of Mourning Event

The Cape Breton District Labour Council will be holding a ceremony in partnership with CUPE Nova Scotia at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, at 50 Maillard Street in Sydney. There will be laying of flowers (rather than wreaths).

For more information: Gordie MacDonald at (902) 578-3554 or email


This format poster was posted onto our Workers’ Memorial Day Facebook group by Adir SouzaPDF.



Unions do not forget Rana Plaza and fight for new rights in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi unions will mobilise this year 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, a tripartite seminar on the 26th and a joint demonstration of the National Labour Rights and Safety Alliance on the 28th April.

The demo will be calling for immediate ratification of key ILO Conventions on OSH by Bangladesh namely C187 (Promotional Framework for OSH Convention, 2006), C155 (Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981) and C167 (Safety and Health in Construction).

The demo is a joint endeavour by the Bangladesh Free Trade Unions Congress (BFTUC), the National Alliance of Construction Workers Safety, Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE), Federation of Garments Workers (FGW), Bangladesh Building and Workers Federation (BBWWF), Labour at Informal Economy (LIE), Rana Plaza Accident Victims Network and Tazreen Fashions Accident Victim Network.

The video “Growth with Tears“ has been produced on the struggle of Rana Plaza victims:

The Bangladesh Labour Federation -BLF will Observe 28 ICD 2015 in Dhaka organising a discussion meeting on 28 April 3.30 PM. BLF President & General Secretary & BLF Members ,activists, organisers, educators as well as the women’s & youth wings will be present in the event.

For more information on BFTUC activities for this 28th April, please contact with AR Chowdhury REPON, Acting General Secretary- BFTUC & Executive Director- OSHE, E-mail:

For more information on BLF events, please contact M.Shahadat Hossain

Finally, we also wanted to remind you of the Rana Plaza countdown for victims’ compensation, which has been organised in social media:


Latvian event at EU presidency conference

An ETUC and union-backed event will be held at a Latvian EU Presidency conference on health and  safety in Riga where  ETUC Deputy General Secretary Józef Niemiec will meet the Latvian Presidency of the EU.

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Australia: 28 April commemoration event in Carlton

 Commemoration event – VTHC

Speakers to include Hon. Robin Scott MLA, Minister for Finance & Luke Hilakari, VTHC Secretary
Course/Event Dates: Apr 28 2015 – 10:30am
Course/Event Venue: Trades Hall, Lygon St
City/Town: Carlton
State: VIC

Unions will commemorate workers and bring issues to live radio show in Bermuda

For this 28th April, the Bermuda Industrial Union is calling on its members to take a moment to light a candle in memory of those who lost their lives and health at work. Unions will also dedicate a weekly  talk-show called “Union corner” to April 28th. The show will be streamed live at 5.30 pm Bermuda time in 

For more information on Bermuda’s activities for this 28th April, please contact Graham Nesbitt

Croatia: UATUC – 28 April conference

UATUC Croatia will mark 28th April by organising a Conference on 28 April at the UATUC premises, to discuss the issue of mobbing, with interventions from trade union experts and members of academic community, and representatives of relevant institutions and authorities.

Further details:  Dijana Šobota *
Executive Secretary for International Relations

Unions speak out for safe jobs in USA

Four decades ago, the US Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job.  But despite substantial wins by unions and allies, many job hazards remain unregulated and uncontrolled. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs. And when this is added to the attacks to regulation by conservative parties and businesses, the stakes for workers are even higher. This is why the AFL-CIO is calling on unions to mobilise this 28th April, so that good and safe jobs are a reality for all US workers.

US unions are invited to post the details about their events here:


2015 Workers Memorial Day Materials

For more information on AFL CIO activities for this 28th April, please contact Peg Seminario