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A Minutes Silence: Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is calling on all workers to observe a minute's silence at 11am on International Workers' Memorial Day, 28th April 2020. (See also event details here).


This date would normally be marked by ceremonies in towns and cities across the UK. This year, we will be unable to hold these events and will therefore hold a minute's silence instead. This silence is intended to "pay tribute to the sacrifice made of so many workers during the pandemic, to remember those who've sadly lost their lives, and to thank all those who continue to do vital work at great risk." (TUC)



About International Workers Memorial Day


The TUC explains "Every year on April 28th, all around the world the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day (#IWMD20). We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. We renew our efforts to organise collectively to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work. Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government. We remember those we have lost. We organise in their memory."


Alongside the minute's silence, there are lots of ways to participate and spread the word on the importance of trade unionism. Suggestions include becoming a representative, activities to recruit new members and reps, in particular Health and Safety reps, and organising campaigns around health and safety issues.


See more here.


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