International Workers Memorial Day. Saturday 28th April

Wreath laying ceremony and speeches by The Memorial Tree
outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street
1230hrs- 1330hrs Saturday 28th April 2018
“Remember the Dead – Fight for the Living”
Opened by Lord Mayor Cllr. Ann Murphy
Presided over by Sheffield TUC President Bob Jeffery

Paul Blomfield MP
(On behalf of all Sheffield Labour MPs)
Neil Derrick GMB Regional Secretary
Cllr. Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader, Sheffield City Council
Mark Jessop, UNITE (UCATT section)
Chris Peace, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Representatives from Health and Safety Campaigns:
Jawad Qasari, Hazards Campaign
Paula Walker, SARAG (asbestos victims support group)
Tim Jones (Sheffield Mental Health Action Group

Plus speakers invited from other major unions in the city
including UNISON, FBU, RMT

There will be a minute’s silence after the above speakers,
followed by a short closing address by:
Martin Mayer, Secretary STUC

Union branches and their members are encouraged to attend this event and bring their banners. Please also arrange to purchase a wreath to lay at the foot of the Memorial Tree outside the Town Hall

This is an internationally recognised event with similar activities taking place in towns and cities all around the globe.

“Each year, thousands of workers experience serious accidents at work causing injuries which can and often do lead to permanent disability” said Martin Mayer STUC Secretary. “Worse still, far too many workers die – either immediately or in some cases years afterwards following long periods of pain and suffering.”

“It doesn’t have to be this way” added Martin Mayer. “We need safer workplaces; proper and effective Health and Safety legislation; and trained and qualified Trade Union Health and Safety Representatives” he said. Safe workplaces are invariably more productive ones – but today all too often employers are resisting trade union organisation and trying to prevent trade unions taking up vital issues like health and safety.

Today’s’ event is also a positive one – recognising the vital role that trade unions play in the workplace, ensuring workers have a safe and healthy working environment. “We want workers to go to work confident that they will be safe – to come home again each day safely!” added Martin Mayer

Martin Mayer is Secretary of Sheffield Trade Union Council, the body which represents trade unions in Sheffield. He can be contacted on 0776 1078482

The press is very welcome to attend and cover this event.

Sheffield Trade Union Council (Front Door Letterbox)
Trades and Labour Club
200 Duke Street
Sheffield S2 5QQ