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Home > News > 2017 > April > International Workers’ Memorial Day - 28 April

International Workers’ Memorial Day - 28 April

Workers_memorial_day.pngEvery year on 28 April, unions, workers and the wider community join together to remember those who have been killed or injured at work.

The day is an opportunity to honour and remember these workers and renew the call for safe workplaces in a commitment to fight for the living.

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 that have made jobs safer, saved many lives and protected even more from injury.

Sadly, despite these robust achievements we still confront the fact that 40 Queenslanders were killed at work last year and that in the three months to March 30 2017, 45 Australian workers had been killed at work – a 50 per cent increase over the same period last year. These figures are a solemn reminder of why workplace health and safety laws must not be weakened, despite the demands of some employers

Queensland Unions will hold a special memorial ceremony from 10am Friday 28 April at Emma Miller Place, Roma Street, Brisbane. While most members will be unable to attend, our union will organise a delegation to ensure we are represented at the ceremony. 

IEUA-QNT Chapters will mark International Workers' Memorial Day by meeting to pass a resolution honouring those who have died at work and urging for greater workplace safety protections.

International Day of Mourning Prayer

“On this day, we call to mind those who have died or suffered injury at their place of work. 

We remember the unrealised potential of young people whose lives have been ended suddenly, or whose future has been blighted by injury. 

We remember the men and women stricken by illness or death at the prime of their lives, the children left without mother or father and the families facing hardship and deprivation. 

We remember the elderly coming to the end of their lives in pain and discomfort through the results of their work.

On this day, we commiserate with the families and friends of those who have died as a result of their labour. 

We pledge our support for those who have to nurse or otherwise care for those injured at work. 

And we share in their sadness, anger and frustration when it appears that company profits have been put before workers’ health.

On this day, we pray that, throughout the world – in industry, commerce or trade – all will work together to campaign for safer working environments for all people in honour of the sacred memory of those who have died in their place of work.”

Statistics show extent of workplace deaths in QLD

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Click here to download a full infographic.