Category Archives: 2021 UK

UK: Workplace safety affects us all – Unison

As we approach International Workers’ Memorial Day, acting national officer for health and safety at UK’s health union Unison,  Robert Baughan, looks back at a year when workplace safety took centre stage.  More

Britain: Workers’ Memorial Day – updated TUC Resources

International Workers’ Memorial Day on Wednesday 28 April #IWMD21

The TUC has produced some new resources to help reps and activists mark the day, reminding everyone why safety at work is so important.

You can find all events, info and resources here:
Click to tweet or share to Facebook.

Here are 5 ways to get involved with Workers’ Memorial Day:

  1. Register for the TUC national zoom with special guest speakers
  2. Check out the historical timeline of workplace tragedies and the fight for safer work
  3. Visit the online memorial and pay tribute to a worker who lost their life
  4. Search for your local Memorial Day event or add your own
  5. Download posters and graphics to print off or share online

Want more? Find further ideas here.

UK: #IWMD21 Workers’ Memorial Day, a timeline – TUC

UK: TUC guide of national 28 April events

UK: 28 April graphics and posters from TUC to download and share

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

UK: Safe work is a right not a privilege

Workers’ Memorial Day, held on 28 April every year, brings together workers and their representatives from all over the world to remember the dead and fight for the living. In 2021 the theme is: Health and Safety is a fundamental workers’ right.

Remember those we have lost and
organise in their memory.

The Covid-19 crisis underscores the need for our mental health services to be supported and for workers to know that there is help for them when they need it.

While we may not be able to attend the memorial events which usually take place, we want to build a day of ‘virtual’ action on Wednesday 28 April.

Hold a minute’s silence

Join in the minute’s silence at 11:00, which is held every year to commemorate lost workers.

Until then make sure you join a union and and get active, unions keep workers safer so join Unite today.

For further resources, including #IWMD21 posters, please visit Unite at Work –  Health and Safety.