Thursday, 28 March 2013

Workers Memorial Day - Remember the dead, fight for the living

Sunday 28th April 12.30-2.30pm

Fill Bristol Cathedral with trade union banners

A historic event is being planned in Bristol Cathedral to remember those who have been killed or injured during the course of their work.

Open to people of all faiths and none, the event will bring together a range of people to honour those killed at work and commit to defending health and safety at work.

South West TUC Regional Secretary Nigel Costley said: "Workers' Memorial Day is marked around the world. This will be a historic occasion and one fitting to those killed and injured as a result of their work, while we redouble our efforts to keep workers safe."

Nigel Costley said: "Those that knock health and safety should be reminded what safety law is all about - preventing deaths and accidents like these. Not only do funding cuts to the HSE and local authorities mean there are fewer official safety inspections, the government has also said that workplaces like shops, offices, schools, docks and farms no longer need to be routinely visited.

Speakers will include NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet, Julia Verne from the South West Public Health Observatory, Farzana Saker from Bristol Multi-Faith Forum, David Smith from the Blacklist Support Group, Sam Maher from Labour behind the Label and Canon Tim Higgins. Bristol's Red Notes Choir will provide the musical accompaniment. BBC Points West's Sally Challoner will interview the families of people who have died as a result of their work.

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