Health and safety in focus on Workers' Memorial Day


The 2013 Workers' Memorial Day – officially declared by the TUC a Day of Action – will strongly argue the case for stricter enforcement of health and safety laws at a series of key events throughout the UK.

Workers Memorial Day

Workers' Memorial Day was originally set up on the premise "remember the dead: fight for the living". On 28 April the TUC will be encouraging a nationwide pause for thought about both issues.

The Congress is calling on its members to run or attend events which remember employees who have died in the workplace, while looking forward to the day when the causes of such tragedies are eliminated.

The TUC says this will be achieved by better organising trades unions and by campaigning as vigorously as possible for stricter enforcement of vital health and safety legislation, with those who breach them more severely punished.

Emboldened by government recognition, Workers' Memorial Day will be marked by rallies, speeches and mass gatherings geared to these themes up and down the country. The TUC has asked workers to plant memorial trees, dedicate park benches and works of art, lobby local authorities and generally remember all who have been killed at work or in the community.

On Saturday 27th April in Leeds, TUC members will assemble at 11.30am outside Leeds Art Gallery, Headrow. The event will formally begin at midday with a 1-minute silence and the laying of wreaths, followed by speakers from leading trade unions, political parties and other groups anxious to halt the steady erosion of UK health and safety laws. A copy of the flyer can be downloaded at

Simpson Millar has long supported Congress members who have been injured or fallen ill because of malpractice by employers in the workplace. In Leeds on 27 April, Allison Chatto and several of our key professionals will be pleased to add their voices to the TUC's pleas for more, and better, legal protection for working people.

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