Workers' Memorial Day 2018

"Remember the dead; fight like hell for the living!" #WorkersMemorialDay

WMD-Logo-2018-CONGRESS_smCongress, alongside trade unions around the world, has for many years celebrated Workers' Memorial Day on April 28th. In 2015 our commemoration was given official backing. The then Minister for Business and Employment, Ged Nash T.D., called on the HSA, employers and public bodies to join with Congress in making the day a truly national event henceforth. In 2018, we continue our partnership with HSA, Ibec and CIF in marking the day and trying to increase consciousness of the importance of health and safety.

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 (download below) on your website, social media presence, presentations, email signatures and displays in the weeks leading to 28 April;.
  • Print and display the memorial poster below in as many workplaces as possible
  • Observing a minute of silence and reflection on 28th April if it is a workday for you
  • 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 from HSA to help you in this)
  • Promote the day on Websites/Social Media/Newsletters use the hashtag #WorkersMemorialDay and use the poster suggested (download Social Media A3 poster below) along with your own message


  • Arrange In-house safety training sessions or a toolbox talk during the week leading up to 28 Aprilworkers memorial day Purple Ribbon2
  • Press release to your local/national media marking your event / the day
  • Publish a piece in your union journals or work newsletters (article for publication available below)
  • Make and wear the simple purple ribbon "forget-me-knot" which has become associated with the day

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.

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (1830? — 1930)

"Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living."

Irish-born Mother Jones was a champion of the country's weakest and neediest during the period of America's great industrial growth. For countless workers she was both goad and inspiration in their struggles to organize for mutual protection. Her flaming rhetoric and fearless campaigning helped swell the ranks of the United Mine Workers, who called her the Miners' Angel. With the look of an angel and the tongue of a mule skinner, she tramped the land, venting her searing invective against the shame of child labor and worker exploitation. A magnificent scold, she was a ringing voice on behalf of miners' colossal struggles in West Virginia, Colorado and Pennsylvania. Jones suffered imprisonment, personal attacks and unbelievable hardships for her efforts to ease impoverished lives.

US Department of Labor

Congress is asking all unions, trades councils and centres to actively arange events and to let us know what you plan; or let us know afterwards what you have done. Drop us a line at [email protected]

Contact Frank Vaughan in Congress for any further information.

Logo/Poster Appearance

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Article for Publications

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Mother Jones

(credit Rupert Garcia)

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