Workers Memorial Day, an international day which remembers workers who’ve lost their lives at work, and promotes struggles for safer workplaces today, takes place on Tuesday 28 April.
We’ve lost workmates to this pandemic. Several bus workers have lost their lives, as well, of course, as dozens in the NHS.
Many unions and other organisations are supporting the call for a minute’s silence at 11am. Tubeworker encourages readers and supporters to take part, either as a personal act, if you’re at home, or collectively with workmates if your at work.
We also encourage you to mark the day in other ways. Why not use the station whiteboard to write a message related to the day? Or, if you're in a depot or office, make placards and signs with appropriate slogans. We suggest:
“Remember the dead, fight for the living”
“PPE and testing for all key workers”
“Make workers safe and equal: full sickness and self-isolation pay for all”
If you feel comfortable to do so, take a photo and share it on social media. It’s important we use this opportunity to raise our voices to demand safer workplaces.