International Workers’ Memorial Day takes place every year on 28 April. It’s normally an opportunity for people to gather together to ‘remember the dead and fight for the living’. Because of COVID-19, this year will be marked differently and there will be a particular focus on those workers who have lost their lives due to the pandemic.
Rob Sneddon, Community’s Head of Health & Safety, said:
“International Workers’ Memorial Day is an important event but this year may be more poignant in the midst of a pandemic that is claiming the lives of workers around the world.
“Some may find the event difficult this year because they may not be able to mark the loss of colleagues in the way they would usually. For many people, it will be a sombre occasion as we remember those who have lost their lives on the frontline of efforts to tackle the pandemic.
“We hope reps and members can find the opportunity to take part in the actions we are joining with the TUC.”
Community is supporting and participating in the following actions with the TUC and sister unions across the UK:
At 11am on Tuesday 28th April, take part in the minute’s silence.
It will be a moment to pay tribute to the heart-breaking number of workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus or other work-related illness or injury, and to thank all those who continue to do vital work at great risk.
The initiative is supported by the government, and reps may wish to request employers mark it, by asking the workforce to cease work for one minute at 11am.
The TUC Education team will be hosting a video call at 2pm on the day, where you will be able to hear from speakers and submit questions and contributions in advance.
There are some more ideas in the TUC’s guide. See below or click to download:IWMD guide TUC