Workers' Memorial Day
Tuesday, 28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day, remembering those workers who have been injured or killed at work and renewing the call for safe workplaces.
The right to a safe workplace is one of the most enduring achievements of the union movement.
It is a right that can mean the difference between returning home safely or death and injury at work.
Unions have fought for and won many protections to make sure coming home safely is a reality. Protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives, and prevented many more injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
Still more work to be done to make our workplaces safe
However, too often workers are caught in the middle by government legislation that limits the role of unions in monitoring workplace safety.
Since the beginning of this year, 22 Australians have been killed at work. Last year, 190 Australians were killed at work. The year before that, it was 187 workplace deaths.
Marking Workers' Memorial Day
Workers' Memorial Day will be marked by an event in Brisbane on 28 April 2016 from 10am, to be held at Emma Miller Place in Roma Street.