Workers Memorial Day 2017

Our Ref: HSR/6/8
Head Office Circular NP/050/17
The Secretary
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Dear Colleague

workers memorial day 2017

Workers' Memorial Day takes place every year on 28 April. The purpose behind the day is to 'remember the dead: fight for the living' and events or memorial services to remember people killed through work will take place up and down the country.

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. Most don't die of mystery ailments, or in tragic "accidents". They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn't that important a priority. Workers’ Memorial Day (WMD) commemorates those workers.

In 2017 International Workers Memorial Day will have the theme Good health and safety for all workers whoever they are and will focus on inequalities in occupational health and the role unions play in narrowing the inequalities gap. The campaign will particularly want to focus on the hidden and new GIG economies, the risks faced by migrant workers and the issues of gender and class.

Find an event near you

See a full list of events at:   to find out what's happening in your area. If you are organising an event for Workers Memorial Day and would like it displayed on these pages, then please email through the details to


For resources on Workers Memorial day including ribbons and car stickers please contact the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre at:

Yours sincerely
Mick Cash
General Secretary