On International Workers Memorial Day, we say, ‘Remember the dead, fight for the living’ and recommit ourselves to fight for the rights of everyone to come home safely from work at the end of each day.


This is why Labour’s New Deal for Working People is so important. The New Deal includes a host of measures to make work safe – by empowering unions and ensuring proper enforcement. Labour will strengthen trade union rights and increase collective bargaining coverage so unions can ensure their members’ workplaces are safe, and will explore how to utilise the knowledge of union Health and Safety reps to ensure safe workplaces everywhere.

Labour will establish and properly fund a single enforcement body (SEB) to enforce workers’ rights. The new body will be given extensive powers to inspect workplaces and bring prosecutions and civil proceedings on workers’ behalf relating to health and safety, minimum wage, worker exploitation, and discriminatory practices.

Plan how you will mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April:

  • Trade unions are hosting #IWMD events across the country. Attend a local event.
  • Join trade union activists across the country by taking part in a one minute silence at 12.00pm to remember all those who have died because of their work.
  • Send a solidarity message on social media.
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