Safetyposter

It's great news that Workers Memorial Day will now be officially recognised by the government – now they must enforce the law as vigorously as they do parking offences to reduce the damage done! This day is celebrated worldwide. Our thanks are due to the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre for the following information.

This is due to our campaigning – all of us, the Hazards Campaign, trade unions, the TUC and Families Against Corporate Killers – well done!

Workers Memorial Day is OUR day, a day when workers and our families,  and our trade unions, focus on health and safety at work, both in our workplaces, and at events locally, nationally, and worldwide.  Every year more people are killed at work than are killed in war.  Most do not die of mystery ailments, or in tragic “accidents”. They die because an employer decided their safety just wasn’t that important a priority.  Workers Memorial Day Remembers all of the Dead but also commits us all to Fight like hell for the Living, to stop these totally avoidable deaths that destroy lives and wreck families.

This year more than ever we need to fight for our lives as the recession caused by a greedy, globalised financial system acting out of control, under governments committed to deregulation and light touch regulation, has caused global meltdown and threatens to make our health and safety an even lower priority and destroy more lives.

In the build up to Workers Memorial Day by making our case that safe and healthy work is a human right not a privilege, that currently work causes massive amount of harm for which employers pay a tiny proportion, that whatever government is elected must not deregulate health and safety, must not reduce enforcement and compliance, must not allow employers to audit and regulate their own H&S and keep inspectors out; and must ensure positive legal duties for H&S on directors, well funded preventative enforcement with teeth, deterrent penalties, and just compensation for all workers and their families harmed by work. http://www.hazards.org/deadlybusiness/specialinvestigation/index.htm

DON’T DO NOTHING, TAKE SOME ACTION, GET INVOLVED

Attend one of the local events or organise one yourself. If you cannot attend an event try to do something in your workplace – and at very least put up posters, wear a forget me knot ribbon and hold a one minutes silence at noon

Every year there are thousands of events across the world on WMD attended by millions of people.  There are hundreds in the UK, see below.

The point of the Day is two fold:

to Remember the Dead – all those killed at and by work

And also

to Fight for the Living – all workers and everyone affected by work activities