steps of York Minster, 12pm noon Tuesday April 28th
Commemorated on 28th April each year, International Workers’ Memorial Day encourages us to “Remember the dead and, fight for the living”. Trade unions remember all those killed through work, while at the same time seek to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated. Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world. Representatives of York & District TUC will be holding a vigil outside York Minster and calling on trade union members as well as the general public to join us in remembering those workers who went to work one day and never returned.
The vigil will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday 28th April and will begin with a small number of speakers including Karl Stephenson of construction union UCATT, whose union has to deal with health and safety much more than most. Leigh Wilks (York TUC President & Regional Executive) and others will speak about the historic battles to gain safety in the workplace and the need for that safety to not be sacrificed on the altar of profit. After the event, a delegation of TUC representatives will proceed to the memorial site of the railway carriage works on Holgate Road to leave flowers in an act of remembrance for those who have been lost.
Whether union member or not, we welcome everyone to attend who wishes to pay their respects to those, who often in the service of great and historic projects, lost their lives. There are still horrific cases of injuries of death and injury in UK workplaces every year. Workers Memorial Day is about not just commemorating the lost but also raising awareness of the dangers of work so families don’t have to go through the horror of losing a loved one to a workplace accident.
If you are on your lunch hour, come along and pay your respects. It is only through the sacrifice of previous generations in the working class and trade union movements that we have the legal protections we enjoy at work on so many fronts – with health and safety being no exclusion.It is makes perfect sense that we honour those who had to die to afford us those rights.