Tag Archives: Scottish Hazards

Scotland: STUC publishes a nationwide listing of 28 April events

International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) is the day that the trade union movement unites to remember workers at home and across the globe who have paid the ultimate price, those who left for work and never returned.

International Workers’ Memorial Day is on the 28th April 2024.

We “Remember the Dead, and Fight for the Living” by pledging to fight for healthier and safer workplaces. Scottish Hazards research indicates that, in Scotland, more than 10 people die each day as a result of work-related incidents and illness. Many of these deaths are caused by health & safety failures.

Events take place across Scotland to commemorate those who lost their lives at work  The STUC listing is here • Scottish Hazards has also publishing a list of 28 April events


Scotland: Songs, flowers and speeches mark 28 April in Edinburgh – #iwmd23


The Edinburgh TUC and Scottish Hazards 28 April event was held at the Workers’ Memorial Day Tree, Princes Street Gardens  with speakers, wreath/flower laying and song. It was attended by unions, bereaved families, pressure groups and others.

The gathering served to remember those who have died at work and refreshed the resolve to fight for safe and healthy working conditions in Scotland and throughout the world. 150 attended laying in total 30 wreaths.

Keynote Speakers were:
Catriona Lockhart (whose partner died through work)
Tracy McBurnie (NHS Lothian Unison)
Gus Sproul (FBU Regional Chair)

Songs from Protest in Harmony, a radical, Edinburgh based singing group.


The City of Edinburgh Council, other Councils and the Scottish Government lowered their flags as a mark of respect.

Scotland: Large listing of Scottish 28 April events

Scottish Hazards has published a large listing of 28 April events.

Scotland: International Workers Memorial Day 28th April 2021: Fighting for the right to health and safety for all Scottish Workers

On International Workers’ Memorial Day, the STUC and Scottish Hazards will remind Governments, health and safety enforcement bodies and employers that health and safety is a fundamental right that every worker should be able to enjoy and expect. The two organisations have also written to Scotland’s local authorities and other public bodies to ask that public building and landmarks be lit purple on the 28th April to commemorate all those who have lost their lives as a result of work and remind us of the importance of healthier, safer and fairer work for all.

A minutes silence will be held at 11am to remember those who have lost their lives at work through COVID infection and other workplace accidents and disease.

Roz Foyer, STUC General Secretary said:

In the depths of current crisis, we must pay tribute to all the workers who have lost their lives through COVID infection but also to remember that workplace death, injury and disease is a day and daily occurrence.   We must use the period ahead to make workplaces safer, to strengthen workers voice and collective power and to bring employer and government to account.”

Scott Donohoe, Chair of Scottish Hazards said

“COVID-19 is not only a considerable health and safety risk it has exposed an occupational health and safety crisis that cannot, and should not, be allowed to be forgotten as restriction are eased and workplaces begin to reopen. This is not a return to normality it is a return to workplaces that have to be COVID secure and where the fundamental right for workers to be kept safe at work is respected.

“Since 2010 sustained ideological attacks on our health and safety regulations and our enforcement bodies have left them ill equipped to proactively enforce our fundamental rights and that is why Scottish Hazards is using Workers’ Memorial Day to call for health and safety and laws and enforcement to be devolved to Scotland and plans put in place to create a Scottish Occupational Health and Safety Agency”.

STUC/Scottish Hazards event 10.45am – 11.45am

Details of the buildings to be lit purple to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on Wednesday

Aberdeen Council HQ, Marischal College, Aberdeen City Council

St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, Scottish Government

Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, Scottish Government

Perth Bridge, Perth and Kinross Council

Edinburgh Castle, Historic Environment Scotland

Bascule Bridge, Renfrewshire Council

Renfrew Town Hall, Renfrewshire Council

Johnstone Band Stand, Renfrewshire Council

Lerwick Town Hall, Shetland Isalnds Council

SSE Hydro, SEC Glasgow, Glasgow City Council


Scotland: Workers’ Memorial Day action in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Trade Union Council and Scottish Hazards are organising a Covid-safe wreath laying event at the Princes Street Memorial Tree. An online commemoration will be held 11am to Noon.

Further details: Scottish Hazards 

Scotland: 28 April map and events listing from Scottish Hazards

Scottish Hazards has developed a map of memorials established across Scotland to commemorate International Workers Memorial Day as well as recording other memorials commemorating workers who have lost their lives in workplace tragedies and individuals who have left for work never to return to their families.

Pictures of memorials and individual cases will be added to in the coming weeks and months and if you know of any family who would like their story told please  contact Scottish Hazards.

Likewise if you know of a memorial in your community that marks an incident where workers have been killed at work please send details to info@scottishhazards.org

Aberdeen Persley Walled Garden, Bridge of Don Sunday 28th April 12.30pm for 1.00pm
Alexandria Memorial Tree, Christie Park Saturday 27th April, 1.00pm
Alloa Workers Memorial adjacent to Clackmannanshire Council Headquarters Friday 26th April 10.30am
Bathgate Workers Memorial, Bathgate Sports Centre, Torpichen Road Sunday 28th April 12.30pm
Bonnyrigg Michael McGahey Memorial, George V Park, Bonnyrig Sunday, 28 April 12.30pm
Clydebank Truth and Justice Square,  Dumbarton Road Saturday 27 April 11.00am
Coatbridge Summerlee Industrial Museum, Heritage Way, Coatbridge Sunday 28th April 12 noon
Dundee Memorial Tree, adjacent to Discovery Point, Riverside Drive Sunday 28th April 12 noon
Edinburgh Memorial and Tree, West Princes Street Gardens Sunday 28th April 1.00pm
Falkirk Municipal Buildings, West Bridge Street, Falkirk Sunday 28th April 12 noon
Fife Memorial Tree, Beveridge Park Saturday  27th April 11.00am
Greenock Grand Hall, Inverclyde Council HQ followed by wreath laying in Clyde Square Friday 27th April 11.45am
Glasgow Workers Memorial, People’s Palace/ Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green Sunday, 28th April 12 noon
Hamilton Townhouse, Beckford Street Sunday, 28th April, 11.45am
Inverness Workers Memorial Friar’s Shott/Huntly Street, Inverness Saturday 27th April 12.45pm for 1.00pm
Irvine Memorial Garden, Kilwinning Road Thursday 25th April 6.30pm
Kilmarnock Memorial Tree, Dean Country Park Saturday 27th April 10.45am for 11.00am
Paisley Workers Memorial , Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street Sunday 28th  April 1.00pm
Renfrew Workers Memorial Cairn, Robertson Park, Paisley Road Sunday  28th April 11.00am
Stirling International Workers Memorial Tree, Viewforth, Pitt Terrace Thursday 25 April 1.20pm at the tree


Scotland gets geared up for Workers’ Memorial Day

Scottish union body STUC and safety campaign group Scottish Hazards have produced an online listing of International Workers’ Memorial Day events. With a month to go before the annual 28 April event, six events are already planned, in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Alexandria, Kilmarnock and Bonnyrigg.

Scottish Hazards/STUC listing of International Worker’s Memorial Day events in Scotland.  TUC 28 April 2018 webpages. Email details of UK events to the TUC health and safety office to be included in the TUC listing. ITUC/Hazards 28 April 2018 international events and campaign website and theme announcement in English, Spanish and French. Hazards Campaign 28 April 2018 resources.
When tweeting details of your 28 April plans and resources, use the hashtag #iwmd18 Risks 840. 10 March 2018