International Workers' Memorial Day 28 April

Workers Memorial Day 28 April

Monday 28 April 2014 at 09:00-17:00

Workers Memorial Day  

Every year on 28 April, trade unions and workplace health and safety campaigners all over the world remember those who have tragically lost their lives because of work. The slogan for the day is “remember the dead – fight for the living.”  Many of us will know of someone who has died at work, or are suffering from serious injuries or occupational disease.  

Strong unions save lives

Unite has fought hard to secure safe workplaces and with strong organised workplaces we can ensure that such incidents and tragedies do not happen again - make sure you mark International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April.

What you can do - get involved now

1. Join an IWMD event near you

Join an event near you - see our list of ..IWMD 2014 Events.  If you are organising an event or need further information please email details to Health&

2. Organise something in your workplace

Organise something in your own workplace to ‘Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living’ - hold a minute’s silence at noon or a suitable time, wear a purple ribbon or Unite sticker, talk to colleagues about the issues.

3. Take a ‘health and selfie’
Why not be creative. Take a photo of yourself holding a piece of card with ‘I love red tape not bloody bandages!’ written on it, then Tweet and Facebook your ‘health and selfie’ and use and

We want everyone to use the same slogan on the build up to 28 April and on the day. Send it to your MP, to David Cameron, to local press and then any other slogans you can make up that say what you think to support good health and safety regulation.

Other suggested slogans to hold in your ‘health and selfie'.

•    I'd rather be wrapped in red tape than bloody bandages
•    I'm working for a living, not to die
•    I go to work to pay the bills, not to die
•    I go to work to support my children, not to die
•    Strong unions save lives – join Unite

IWMD 2014 regional events

.See our listing of all regional events below. All events are taking place on 28 April unless another date is given. Please keep checking back for any updates. For a full TUC listing of IWMD activities click here.

.Ireland - awaiting details, check back soon.

London & Eastern
London Demonstration outside the Qatar Embassy in protest over the slaughter of workers on building sites in Qatar. Assemble: 8.30am – 9.00am at 1 Audley Street, W1K 1NB. Hand in letter of protest: 9.15am

London Memorial rally at Building Worker statue, Tower Hill EC3.10.30am. Black balloons will be released representing workers who’ve been killed. Wreaths will be laid in remembrance to all those who have lost their lives. A lone piper will play a lament. Speakers include: Steve Murphy General Secretary UCATT, Gail Cartmel Assistant General Secretary Unite, Tony O’Brien Construction Safety Campaign and a speaker -  London Hazards Centre.

London. Pattinson Brewer Workers Memorial Day event will be held from 5.30 - 7.30pm at the Unison Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. You will hear from trade unions and other asbestos campaigners and charities including Unite national health and safety adviser, Susan Murray.  Presentations, networking and refreshments.

North East, Yorkshire & Humberside
Immingham 10am at the Workers Memorial in the grounds of the War Memorial Pelham Road Immingham. Service conducted by Rev Mary.J.Vickers industrial and urban chaplian.

1pm at the Workers Memorial in the grounds of the War Memorial Nunn’s Corner Grimsby. Service to be conducted By Rev Mary.J.Vickers industrial and urban chaplian.

Cleethorpes  3pm at the Workers Memorial in the Pier Gardens Alexandra Road Cleethorpes. Service conducted by Rev Paul Hunter.

Northern College - Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Join us for a walk around the gardens at 12.30pm. All members are being encouraging to wear purple to work on the day. 

Sheffield Workers' Memorial ceremony will be held at the Workers Memorial Tree, Sheffield Town Hall at 12.30.  John Allott, Unite National Officer for Construction will be speaking at the ceremony.

North West
Bolton.  Meet at Bolton Town Hall on 27 April at 12 noon.

Chorley Memorial Service at Astley Park, Chorley on 25 April. Meet at the park gates, Park Road, Chorley at 5.45 pm.

Liverpool Merseyside Joint Trade Unions event will take place on the South Piazza of Georges Dock Building (corner of Mann Island and the Strand), Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD at 1pm.

Manchester. There will be a rally at 11.30am at Albert Square. This will be followed by a minute's silence and laying of wreaths, a short play: demented deregulatory daleks defeated by collective action and a shout out for safety. Then a short walk to the People’s History Museum for a meeting at 12.45pm - ‘Standing up for health and safety in UK and EU.’

Preston. Meet at the Flag Market, Preston on 26 April at 11.30am.

Bathgate. West Lothian Trades Council will be organising a ceremony in Bathgate Sports Park, Torphichen Road, Bathgate starting at 12.30pm.

South East
Southampton 12.30pm at the Unison bench (near the fountain) in Andrews Park. Southampton (close to Jurys Inn)  There will be a speaker from the Southampton Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Society and local speakers

Milton Keynes. Unite Branch SE/6224, GMB and other union members will be assembling at 11.30am on Sunday 27 April at the MK Rose in Campbell Park, Central Milton Keynes. The laying of wreaths will be at 12.00 noon.

Portsmouth - assemble at 11.45 at the Workers' Memorial in Victoria Park with a minutes silence at noon and flowers. Please bring trade union banners.

South West
Devonport. Union members at Babcock Marine and Technology, Devonport, will be gathering to mark the event during their "time out for safety" period in memory of those who have died. They will be holding a minute's silence and laying a wreath at their IWMD bench between 11.00 and 11.30 am.

Plymouth Trades Union Council remembers IWMD at 12 noon in the Peace Garden, the Hoe, and in Plymouth City Centre there will be a March and Rally on Saturday 3rd May.  Assemble at 11:00 at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, and attend the Rally at 12:30 in the Charter Room, floor two of the Plymouth Guildhall. Please bring your trade union banners and flags to all events.

Jersey. There will be an event at at 12.00 noon at Howard Davis Park, St Helier, Jersey.

- awaiting details, check back soon.

West Midlands
- awaiting details, check back soon.

  - awaiting details, check back soon.

Other Activities
Unite reps across all UK E.ON sites will be remembering those who were killed whilst at work by running a tombola and selling IWMD purple ribbons to raise money for FACK.