Thursday, 28 April 2011

Workers' Memorial Day - Cuts Cost Lives!

Take part in a minutes silence on International Workers Memorial Day, on Thursday 28 April 2011. Join the many others across the UK and internationally, who will be remembering the dead and fighting for the living.

Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living is the slogan for International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD). The purpose of the day is two-fold. It’s about not forgetting those who have been needlessly killed, injured, or made ill by their work. It’s also about using this human tragedy to strengthen the campaign for safe and healthy work.

This demand for safe and healthy work will be all the more important as employers implement spending cuts. Staff who remain in post will be expected to do more work increasing the risk of various hazards including: workplace bullying, lone working, manual handling, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), and stress. Other work just won’t get done, which at first may not be noticed, but will lead to greater risks including: worse and increasingly dangerous or unhealthy workplaces, including exposures risks to asbestos as building maintenance is neglected.