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Australia: VTHC – International Workers’ Memorial Day: 28.04.21 – We Are Union

International Workers’ Memorial Day: 28.04.21

Posted by James Raynes · April 27, 2021 10:03 AM

Every year, Victorian Trades Hall Council hosts a memorial service to remember those Victorians who lost their lives at work. On Wednesday April 28, International Workers’ Memorial Day will be held in person at Trades Hall (subject to COVID-19 conditions). The ceremony will include speeches from Tim Pallas, Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations; Ingrid Stitt, Minister for Workplace Safety and Minister for Early Childhood; Colin Radford, WorkSafe CEO; Madeleine Harradence, ANMF Assistant Secretary; and Luke Hilakari, Secretary of Victorian Trades Hall Council.

Since this day last year, there have been Victorian workplace deaths. For the first time, WorkSafe is now counting in that tally those killed on the road while working, suicides attributable to a workplace health and safety failure, deaths from industrial diseases such as silicosis, and workplace deaths resulting from a criminal act.

This International Workers’ Memorial Day will remember workers who have lost their lives, and will also provide an opportunity to reflect deeply on the importance of Victoria’s swift, proactive response to COVID-19 – a response that played a critical role in preventing countless more deaths, such as on the scale experienced in many other parts of the world.

Quotes attributable to Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Luke Hilakari

“On International Workers’ Memorial Day this year, we respect, remember and pay our respects to the 48 Victorian workers who tragically lost their lives since we marked this day 12 months ago.

“Since July 2020, WorkSafe has chosen to include, in their tally, fatalities of workers from occupational illness, road incidents and suicide attributable to workplace OHS failure. We strongly support this change; recognising these fatalities as work-related is critical to preventing further deaths. In particular, 2020 has shown why it is vital to include occupational illnesses in this tally. Internationally, over 17,000 healthcare workers died in 2020 as a result of providing medical care to patients with COVID-19. This pandemic has been a stark reminder of the importance of our state’s collective solidarity in following health experts’ advice, and of having empowered unionists and Health and Safety Reps committed to ensuring their workplaces are safe.

“We call on the Federal Government to swiftly make vaccinations available to the whole community and to provide the best possible protections to prevent the spread of COVID-19, particularly to those working on the frontline of this pandemic.”

Event details

The event will be live streamed through the Victorian Trades Hall Council Facebook page or members of the press are welcome to attend VTHC in person, at Memorial Rock, corner Lygon and Victoria Street, Carlton.

10:30am: Event begins

11am: One minute’s silence, laying of wreaths

For media inquiries, please contact Suzi Taylor, VTHC Communications: 0447 333 834


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Victorian Trades Hall Council is marking International Workers’ Memorial Day with a ceremony in Victoria – sign up details can be found on their IWMD webpages

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Every year, Victorian Trades Hall Council hosts a memorial service to remember those Victorians who lost their lives at work.

Please join us on the 28th of April for International Workers Memorial Day 2021 to commemorate the workers we’ve lost in the past year.

The ceremony will include a minute’s silence at 11am and an opportunity to lay wreaths.

This event is a COVID safe event and numbers are capped, so RSVPs (and masks) are essential. The memorial service will be held in person at Trades Hall, however this is subject to change pending COVID conditions.

Remember the dead and fight like hell for the living.

 April 28, 2021 at 10:30am – 11:15am at the Trades Hall – online registration

Australia: International Workers Memorial Day Ceremony – VTHC

Today is International Workers’ Memorial Day. Join us, and some special guests, as we pay our respects to workers killed in the workplace over the past year. Every worker deserves to come home safely at the end of the day, and on this day we pledge to remember the dead and fight like hell for the living.

Current circumstances preclude us from being together on this day of remembrance, but we are together in spirit and in solidarity as we conduct this year’s ceremony online. VTHC


Unions call on workers to #standforsafety in Australia

For this 28th April, all the regional structures of the Australian Congress of Trade Unions (ACTU) will be commemorating workers who lost their lives and health at work, and mobilise so these tragedies do not happen again. Events are already scheduled in Hobart and Launceston (Tasmania), Brisbane (Queensland), Melbourne (Victoria), Darling Harbour and Ourimbah (NSW), where memorial services will be hold.

An interesting initiative has been taken by the Victoria Trades Hall Council, who is calling on put out of the windows a pair of shoes, expressing solidarity for those workers that could not come home from work.

Details on events can be found in the  calendar of events. For more information on ACTU preparations for this 28th April, please contact Jenny Holden jholden@actu.org.au

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