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GMB Marks Workers' Memorial Day

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
GMB Marks International Workers’ Memorial Day

In 2015, the number of fatal injuries in the workplace was 142, this is still 142 too many says GMB.

GMB will hold its annual event on 28th April in the grounds of St John the Baptist Church in Halesowen to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.

GMB estimates over 80 people will be in attendance, including Labour MP Pat McFadden and members of the GMB, Labour Party and local community.

This year the theme for workers Memorial Day is “Strong Laws - Strong enforcement - Strong Unions” because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection. GMB will lay a wreath and release 100 balloons in memory of all those killed and injured in their workplace.

There are several events taking place across the region organised by GMB members, including events at GKN Sankey and in Dudley where GMB senior organiser Amanda Gearing will be speaking.

Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary said “In 2015, the number of fatal injuries in the workplace was 142, this is still 142 too many. These figures exclude ‘Road Traffic Accidents’, ‘Workers travelling by air or sea’, ‘Armed Forces’ and also ‘suicide’ so realistically this figure is a lot higher.

Unionised workplaces are safer, yet the government is trying to stop unions protecting the health and safety of their members by restricting the right of health and safety representatives.

Over the last five years the government have driven down the budget for the Health and Safety Executive. Labelling health and safety inspections unnecessary red tape and removing protection from millions of self-employed workers.

We commemorate International Workers Memorial Day to highlight and raise awareness.”


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Contact: Joe Morgan on 07794 247 960 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

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