Remember the dead, fight for the living

UNISON ‘s campaign for International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April has kicked off, and you can get your local campaigning underway with our new poster and leaflet.

They point out that workplaces with union safety reps are twice as safe – and that when health and safety is not taken seriously, the consequences can be catastrophic.

You can order the poster (stock no 2997) and leaflet  via the online catalogue or by emailing and quoting the stock numbers, quantity required and delivery address. Alternatively, you download pdf files of the poster and leaflet using the links below.

International Workers’ Memorial Day poster

International Workers’ Memoiral Day leaflet

International workers’ memorial day is marked around the world under the slogan Remember the dead, fight for the living. It commemorates those who have died from their work, but is also a focus for our campaign and demand for safe and healthy work to protect the living.

This year’s theme is Removing exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace.  To support this, UNSION is revising it’s safety rep guide Hazardous substances at work and producing an accompanying pamphlet to raise awareness amongst members – watch out for them, coming shortly,

Find out what is happening locally in your region: speak to your local TUC, Hazards campaign group or UNISON region and join or support any event.

If there isn’t one, organise a workplace event, perhaps jointly with your employer. Use the day to reinvigorate the campaign for better health and safety, or to discuss a workplace health and safety concern with members, non-members, and the employer.

Many UNISON branches have successfully organised and recruited around local health and safety concerns.

And wear the purple forget-me-knot IWMD ribbon on the day, and at any events or activities that you take part in.

Let us know what you have planned

Will you be joining or organising an event or activity?

Is there someone locally that should be remembered? Is there a workplace health and safety issue that needs to be dealt with?

Whatever you plan, we would like to know and post it on the UNISON website to let other members know about it. Email a few words to:


Order form to order the official Forget me Knot purple ribbons from Greater Manchester Hazards Centre (Word)

UNISON event: International Workers Memorial Day

TUC: International Workers Memorial Day web pages

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