Workers’ Memorial Day 2020
Normal public events for April 28th won’t be possible because of measures to contain Coronavirus/Covid-19. But marking International Workers’ Memorial Day has never been more important for workers’ lives and health and those of our families and communities.
Some workplace events may still go ahead but we are taking #IWMD20 online, developing a social media campaign that we want everyone to join in.
This will keep the day and its perennial aims on the public and political agenda with the twin slogans to ‘Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living’.
This year’s international theme has been changed by ITUC to ‘Stop the Pandemic at work’. The Hazards Campaign is going ahead with: ‘Unions fighting for hearts and minds’ incorporating the fight against Coronavirus.
- WINDOW DISPLAYS Put up a Heartbroken poster – order or print one off- make a window display! See below.
- POST SELFIES Post a selfie with Heartbroken poster, or your window poster display, add a message, post on social media #IWMD20 or send to us
- ORGANISE A MEETING Organise a meeting – on-line or in the workplace if it can be done safely.
- USE OUR FIGURES NOT HSE’S Use ‘The Whole Story’ on death caused by work not HSE partial statistics [Updated April 2020]
- MAPPING ACTION Mapping #IWMD20: tell us what you are doing and about workers memorials near you and we will map them.
- CAMPAIGN ON SOCIAL MEDIA Create a huge wave of #IWMD20 tweets and posts on social media – download sample graphics here
- HAZARDS FILM Watch and send out the Hazards Campaign Film for #IWMD20 ‘Fighting for Hearts and Minds – forthcoming.
- LIGHT A CANDLE Light a candle in the window on 28th at 9pm to remember all workers killed by #COVID and other work hazards – but be safe.
- MEMORIALS ONLINE Online memorials—post photos and details of those killed at and by work to us or direct to Twitter and Facebook.
- GLOBAL SOLIDARITY Use the #IWMD20 for national and international solidarity with our union colleagues all across the world. And check out the ITUC/Hazards magazine global hub for international activities.
Workers’ Memorial Day 2019
Hazards Campaign WMD 2019 posters can be ordered here
Hazards Campaign Dangerous substances briefing
Hazards Campaign Workers’ Memorial Day resources order form
Hazards Campaign briefing for organisers
The whole story: Work-related injuries, illness and deaths Hazards Campaign Briefing [Updated March 2019]
Workers’ Memorial Day 2018
Hazards Campaign Workers’ Memorial Day resources.
ITUC briefing Unions are organising for safer, healthier, decent work
Posters from the Hazards Campaign
Click on the image below to view over a decade’s worth of
Hazards Campaign commissioned Workers’ Memorial Day posters
Workers’ Memorial Day 2017
Get your resources for IWMD17
Order posters, forget-me-knot ribbons and other 28 April resources from the Hazards Campaign, tel: 0161 636 7557; email: email@example.com
Purple Forget me Knot ribbons:2017 WMD ribbon order form
Two Free #IWMD17 Posters
Face it. We are all sickened by inequality at work, editorial by ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow, April 2017.
Unsafe and unfair – discrimination on the job hurts us all, ITUC briefing for, 28 April 2017.
Workers’ Memorial Day 2016
International updates and events listings from ITUC and Hazards magazine
National updates and comprehensive events listings from TUC
Workers’ Memorial Day – this year, it’s the law
Hazards Campaign blog entry, 5 February 2016
News and updates from the Hazards Campaign
Workers’ Memorial Day 2015
Workers’ Memorial Day 2014
TUC is publishing a comprehensive list of events around the UK.
Get kitted out with Hazards Campaign ribbons, posters, lapel/stationery stickers, window stickers and ‘We didn’t vote to die at work’ t-shirts – the perfect attire for a 28 April event. For further information email the Hazards Campaign or phone 0161 636 7557.
If you want updates on what is going on worldwide on 28 April – the globe’s largest health and safety event – have a look at the ITUC/Hazards Workers’ Memorial Day worldwide list of events and resources
It’s not a secret, TELL PEOPLE about it!! Tell:
anyone you meet, and
don’t forget your employer
Workers Memorial Day is on the 28th April every year.
This is OUR day, a day when workers and our families and our trade unions, focus on health and safety at work, both in our workplaces, and at events locally, nationally, and worldwide. This year more than ever we need to fight for our lives as the recession caused by a greedy, globalised financial system acting out of control under government deregulated, light touch regulation, has caused global meltdown and threatens to make our health and safety an even lower priority.
DON’T DO NOTHING, TAKE SOME ACTION, GET INVOLVED
Attend one of the local events or organise one yourself. If you cannot attend an event try to do something in your workplace – and at very least put up posters, wear a forget me knot ribbon and hold a one minutes silence at noon and tell everyone about it!
Every year there are thousands of events across the world on WMD attended by millions of people. There are hundreds in the UK.
The point of the Day is two fold:
to Remember the Dead and also to Fight for the Living