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 is suffering from serious injuries or occupational disease.
IWMD 2016: Strong Laws, Strong Enforcement, Strong Unions
This year’s theme is Strong Laws, Strong Enforcement and Strong Union because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Britain where the government have removed protection from millions of self-employed workers, and across Europe where the European Commission are pursuing a dangerous de-regulatory strategy. However, strong laws are not enough if they are not going to be enforced. That is why we need proper inspections and enforcement action against those who break the laws. Here in the UK the number of inspections has fallen dramatically in the past five years, however in many other countries enforcement has always been non-existent. That is why we also need strong unions. Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives to take time off to keep the workplace safer, and also trying to reduce our right to strike when things go wrong.
Unions make work SAFER: Decent work for all!
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
For further information on IWMD please email Health & Safety
Workers' Memorial Services in Grimsby including visit from Jeremy Corbyn
Workers' Memorial Day: Loved ones left behind remembered in Immingham