GMB Workers Memorial Day

26 Apr 2010

GMB members across the UK will be holding two minutes silence in their workplaces, flying flags at half mast, planting memorial trees, organising rallies and questioning local politicians on health & safety issues.

John McClean, GMB National Health & Safety Officer said, “Over the last five years GMB has campaigned on many issues affecting GMB members’ health & safety at work. From the campaign to restore compensation for workers with pleural plaques caused by their jobs, informing workers about the danger of cancer causing substances at work, and working to protect security guards from violent assaults, and surveying ambulance workers who may be being exposed to low frequency radiation through using Tetra Wave radios. Workers Memorial Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to all those who have been killed or hurt by their bosses negligence and build on the legacy of what we have already achieved.”


There will be a ceremony at 12:30pm at the Sheffield workers memorial tree at the Town Hall. A wreath will be laid by the Lord Major, followed by speeches.

There will be an event at the new Memorial Garden (Behind Bradford City Hall) at 12.00 noon. There will be a minute’s silence and placing of wreathes and flowers at the new workers’ memorial plaque in the memorial gardens. Bradford Council will also be lowering the flags on the City Hall as a mark of respect.  UCATT is also requesting that Belfour workers take time out from the city centre construction and join in on the memorial.


Leeds Metropolitan University branch of UCU have organised a Workers Memorial Day event to be held in room BPA102 of the University’s New Broadcasting Place Building between 11.00 and 13.00 on the 28th April.