Workers Memorial Day 28th April


SHEFFIELD TRADES COUNCIL  The progressive voice of Sheffield’s trade union movement

Secretary; Martin Mayer UNITE                                      President: Bob Jeffery UCU

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 International Workers Memorial Day – Wreath laying ceremony and speeches

outside Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street.  1230hrs Thursday 28th April 2016


Bob Jeffery, STUC President, will preside over the event which will be opened by:

Cllr. Denise Fox, Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield

followed by speakers

Bill Adams, Regional TUC Secretary

Paul Blomfield MP Sheffield Central

Karen Reay, UNITE Regional Secretary

Peter Davies GMB Regional Officer

Christopher Briggs Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos Group

Mark Jessop UCATT

John Allott UNITE Construction

Neil Carbutt FBU South Yorkshire (invited)

Jawad Qaswari, Hazards


A Minute’s Silence

“Remember the Dead – Fight for the Living”

(will be called by Bob Jeffery, STUC President at a suitable point in the proceedings)


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

Sheffield Trade Union Council will once more be hosting this year’s International Workers Memorial Day ceremony outside Sheffield Town Hall on Thursday 28th April, commencing 1230hrs.


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


“Remember the Dead – Fight for the Living”


“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 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




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


Another important event organised by Sheffield Trade Union Council!


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