Thursday, April 28, 2016

International Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2016 REMEMBER THE DEAD - FIGHT FOR THE LIVING!

Today is International Workers Memorial Day where we remember the dead and fight for the living!  Across the globe services are being held to remember those who have lost their lives through occupational deaths, diseases and injuries.  A few are highlighted below.

Memorial Day Brisbane, Queensland

ADFA (Asbestos Diseases Foundation Australia) at Sydney International Day of Mourning for workers who have been injured or killed at work. 

International Workers Memorial Day, Adelaide

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation (ADAO) America

Day to remember the dead and fight for the rights that they and their family members. We invite everyone to Brasilia/Brazil.

Union Aid Abroad (APHEDA) We remember. We fight. Asbestos. Not here. Not anywhere.
More info about events around the world - excellent link.
Unions join international call for protecting workers’ health and safety in Argentina - See more at:

For this 28th April, Italian trade union confederations CGIL, CISL and UIL will be running unitary actions to commemorate the victims of occupational accidents and diseases. The call for a national plan to free Italy from asbestos will be a key feature of the actions today. - See more at:

The United States trade union confederation AFL-CIO launched its annual Death on the Job Report, showing the raising toll of occupational deaths, diseases and injuries for US workers. The report is available on the AFL-CIO website, along with infographics of highlights from the report.
In addition, nearly 100 events are being held around the US to remember workers killed and injured on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. 
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Brussels, 28 April 2016 (ITUC Online): As ceremonies around the world take place on the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers, the ITUC has warned negligent employers of the consequences of putting workers’ lives at risk. Worldwide, one worker dies every 15 seconds due to occupational injury or illness.
Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said “Over 2 million workers die needlessly every year because their workplaces are dusty, dirty and dangerous. The risks are as obvious as they are preventable, whether they are falls from height, crippling workloads or chemical exposure. Every single death represents an employer’s failure to act.”
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There are over 2.3 million work-related deaths worldwide every year, over 6,000 every day or one every 15 seconds.
An estimated 660,000 workers die each year from occupational cancers, or over 1 every minute.
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