Press Release 21/04/2021

International Workers Memorial Day 2021

At 11am on the 28th April Bolton TUC will join Trade unionists across the globe and stand in silence to commemorate those that have been killed or suffered life changing injuries at work and vow to remember the dead but fight for the living.

Never before has IWMD been so important. This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed an occupational health crisis in workplaces across the globe.

In the UK workers have been routinely denied even basic health and safety protections.  Consultation with union appointed safety representatives on COVID-safe policies and practices in some industries has been non-existent.

Enforcement of Health & Safety legislation has been a disgrace as whilst members of the public have been issued with fixed penalties for breaching COVID regulations not a single employer has been penalised for failing to provide a COVID safe workplace

These same problems existed before the pandemic and resulted in the death of millions of workers worldwide. The pandemic demonstrates why health and safety must be a right for everyone who works.

We know that unionised workplaces are safer workplaces, and better paid workplaces and we would encourage all trade union members to play an active part in ensuring that their workplace is safe and COVID secure

The commemoration will take place in Bolton Town centre where Trade unionists from the TUC, UNISON and GMB accompanied by the Mayor CLLR Linda Thomas and Bolton SE MP Yasmin Qureshi will stand in a minutes silent reflection then lay wreaths to commemorate those workers lost and injured in the last year.

Kevin Allsop

Secretary, Bolton TUC