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&Safety@unitetheunion.org
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
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