Remember the dead and fight for the living

28 Apr 2010

Workers’ Memorial Day – 28th April 2010
Today, GMB‘s general secretary, Paul Kenny, and Yorkshire and North Derbyshire regional secretary, Tim Roache, led a minute’s silence in tribute to those who had lost their lives, been injured or made ill through their employment. 

The event, which was organised by the TUC, was held at the new Memorial Garden in Bradford at 12.00 noon. Following the minute’s silence there was a placing of wreathes and flowers at the new workers’ memorial plaque in the gardens.  Bradford Council lowered the flags on the City Hall as a mark of respect. 

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.

Commenting, Tim Roache said: Workers’ Memorial Day is an opportunity to pay tribute to all those who have been killed or hurt at work and to ensure we carry on the campaign to make bosses accountable and our workplaces safer places to work in.”