Workers' Memorial Day 2015

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Congress, alongside trade unions around the world, has for many years celebrated Workers' Memorial Day on April 28th. The Health & Safety Committee of Congress has, in recent years, called for official government recognition of this important memorial.  It is therefore significant that our marking of the day in 2015 will be the first time such official backing has been given. Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash T.D has called on the HSA, employers and public bodies  to join with Congress in making the day a truly national event henceforth. Working together, we are calling for a national day of action to remember those who have been killed or injured at work but also to focus on creating safe and healthy workplaces in the future.

In Ireland the figures are staggering. In the 5 year period between 2010 and 2014, 253 people have been killed in work-related accidents and many thousands more badly injured. Last year alone 56 people were killed. These are shocking figures by any standards. Every year people are killed in foreseeable and preventable work-related accidents and there is a responsibility on all of us to do our utmost to prevent these in the future.

Congress is asking all of its affiliated unions, trades councils and the Congress Centres Network to get involved in marking the day. Some suggestions are:

  • Get involved by using the national Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland logo on your website, social media presence, presentations, email signatures and displays; various versions can be downloaded below.
  • Print and display the memorial poster below in as many workplaces as possible (the poster is sized to print without any adjustment as a standard A4 size).
  • Observing a minute of silence and reflection in your workplace during the day on 28th April.
  • Holding a service of remembrance and solidarity for workplace safety.
  • Circulation of safety and health messages throughout workplaces and review risk assessments and update Safety Statements (see http://goo.gl/nglBH1 from HSA to help you in this)
  • Promote the day on Websites/Social Media/Newsletters
  • In-house safety training sessions or a toolbox talk
  • Press release to your local/national media marking your event / the day
  • Make and wear the simple purple ribbon "forget-me-knot" which has become associated with the day (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers%27_Memorial_Day#/media/File:WMD_ribbon.jpg)

April 28th presents an important opportunity to remember and to consolidate everyone’s focus around a single day. Please mark the date in your calendar and make the commitment to contribute to this most important challenge.

 

Congress is asking all unions, trades councils and centres to actively support the event and to let us know what you plan; or let us know afterwards what you have done. Drop us a line at safety@ictu.ie

 

 

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