Aberdeenshire UNISON

Workers' Memorial Day Sunday 28 April 2013
Remember the dead, fight for the living

Branch Health and Safety Officer, Richard Lawrence, represented the Branch at this year's Workers' Memorial Day Service, as politicians, councillors, trade unionists and the public came together to "remember the dead, fight for the living."

At a moving ceremony, a wreath was laid by the ATUC and the Lord Provost of Aberdeen City led contributions from a range of speakers.

Workers Memorial day
Branch Health and Safety Officer, Richard Lawrence (far right) represents the Branch at the Workers' Memorial Day Service


What is Workers Memorial Day?
International Workers Memorial Day (IWMD) takes place all over the world on 28 April each year.

The purpose of IWMD is two-fold. Firstly it is about not forgetting those who have died, been injured, or made ill by their work. Secondly it is about ensuring that tragic loss and suffering are used to reinvigorate the campaign for healthier and safer work.

The campaign slogan is "Remember the dead, fight for the living."

UNISON's wreathThis year's Workers Memorial Day Service, will be held at 11am (gather from 10.30am) at Persley Gardens, Persley, Aberdeen. All are welcome to attend.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen will be saying a few words, as will Graham Farquhar from UCATT and Brian Carroll, President of the ATUC.

The number of people killed at work in Scotland rose last year, according to the latest official figures. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said 20 workers lost their lives north of the border - a rise of six on the previous year.

In this time of austerity, it is ever more important to protect our Health and Safety legislation, which is constantly under attack.

The Service will last for Approx 30mins.