As in previous years, Dave Joyce, CWU's National Health and Safety Officer; has issued advance information regarding the CWU support for the annual International Workers Memorial Day.
His letter (LTB112/21) can be downloaded by licking on the CWU graphic and poster for the event below.
Every year on April 28th, all around the world the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day (#IWMD21).
As in past years, since its inception, the CWU once again gives its full support to Workers Memorial Day. We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. We renew our efforts to organise collectively to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work.
We organise in their memory.
The WMD theme for 2021: “Health and Safety Is A Fundamental Workers' Right”
Each year, the International Trades Union Congress decides on a theme for Workers' Memorial Day: This year, the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic has exposed an occupational health crisis in many workplaces around the world where workers are denied basic health and safety protections.
Many workers in many countries however don’t have the protection the need and deserve and many are wrongly victimisation for raising health and safety concerns The International Labour Organisation (ILO) reports that across the world, every day, people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases –more than 2.8 million deaths per year.
The pandemic demonstrates why health and safety must be a right for everyone who works. Illness anywhere threatens illness everywhere. Unions secured agreement at the International Labour Conference in 2019 that occupational health and safety should be recognised as an International Labour Organisation (ILO) fundamental right at work –the decent, universally accepted and binding rights protecting all workers, everywhere.
The ILO Centenary Declaration accepts “safe and healthy working conditions are fundamental to decent work”
On Tuesday 28th April, the trade union movement marks International Workers' Memorial Day (#IWMD20).
On 28 April 2021, unions can send a message that health and safety protection at work must be recognised as a right for all.
Workers’ Memorial Day Posters The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department has arranged for posters to be printed to publicise the day. These will be distributed to branches and will be arriving by post in the next few days.
A pdf downloadable version is attached to this LTB.
REMEMBER THE DEAD AND FIGHT FOR THE LIVING
The TUC, CWU and other affiliated Trade Unions will fight to maintain the memory of every workers' life lost. We all fight for the justice of our colleagues, friends, and families. And we continue to fight for a future where no worker must risk their health or their life when going about their job.
Source: CWU / unionsafety / Hazards