International Workers’ Memorial Day

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International Workers’ Memorial Day.
#IWMD20: Remember the dead, Fight for the living.


What is IWMD?

Every year on April 28th, all around the world, the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day (#IWMD20).


We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. We renew our efforts to organise collectively to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work.

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

We remember those we have lost. We fight in their memory.


Theme for 2020: Coronavirus

 The heart-breaking number of workers who have died from coronavirus is a tragedy felt deeply by us all. Too many of our friends and colleagues have fallen ill, lost their lives or continue to be put at risk at work every day. Many more will be grieving the loss of loved ones.

The coronavirus pandemic affects every worker regardless of sector or locality. Tens of thousands of workers worldwide have died. More have fallen ill or continue to go to work risking their lives. Many workers are still attending work ill-equipped and without necessary safety measures in place.

We could not have a starker reminder of the important role of trade union health and safety reps in saving and protecting workers’ lives, than the current crisis we are living through.

While we may not be able to attend the memorial events which usually take place on IWMD, as public gatherings around the world are not advised or allowed; there are many ways trade union members can take part in our collective day of remembrance and solidarity.


How you can take part?

 Minute silence, one (or both) of these dates;

At 11am on Tuesday 28th April, take part in the minute’s silence. It will be a moment to pay tribute to the sacrifice made of so many workers during the pandemic, to remember those who’ve sadly lost their lives, and to thank all those who continue to do vital work at great risk.

At 11.15am on Friday 1 May, we would ask you to give thought to colleague Brian Clyde who lost his life due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Brian’s funeral commences at 11.15am, and it would be a poignant time to pay tribute to Brian, and to the sacrifice made of so many workers during the pandemic, to remember those who’ve sadly lost their lives.


Help spread the word about the minute’s silence, by encouraging as many friends and colleagues to take part, whether in their workplace of at home.