Remembrance events to honour International Workers' Memorial Day

An event is taking place remembering employees who have died at work.

Friday, 27th April 2018, 12:55 pm
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 12:56 pm
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Remembrance events have been lined up in Ashington to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day tomorrow.

Organised by the South East Northumberland Trades Union Council, it will take place at the Elephant Public House and the Workers’ Memorial Garden at North Seaton Cemetery.

A public meeting will be held at 11am in the upstairs function room of the Elephant Public House, on Newbiggin Road. Speakers include Liz McKean, campaigns and policy director of War on Want, and Adam Taylor, health and safety campaigner from Unison.

A Northumbrian piper will then lead the traditional procession with banners to the Workers’ Memorial Garden, at North Seaton Ceremony, where a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 12.30pm.

The ceremony will be led by Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, and Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell.

Rab Stewart, president of South East Northumberland Trades Union Council, said: “Everyone is welcome to join us to commemorate those who have been either killed or suffered injuries in the workplace, and to ensure that such tragedies are not repeated.”

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars and Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers.

Held on 28 April every year, all over the world, workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day “to remember the dead and fight for the living”.

In 2018 the theme is “Unionised workplaces are Safer workplaces” and will focus on the difference that unions make in preventing deaths in the workplace.

For more information, contact Kathy Taylor on 07929 363520 or email [email protected]