UNISON joins minute’s silence to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day

UNISON will be observing a minute’s silence today (Wednesday) as it remembers all the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to COVID.

Each year, on April 28, we remember those who have died as a result of accidents, injuries or illnesses caused by work – and promise to fight for the living.

UNISON will join the STUC, Scottish Hazards and other unions to lay a wreath at the Workers’ Memorial in Glasgow Green before observing a minute’s silence at 11am.

Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Secretary, said: “Every year, the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised, but this year has a special significance because of the pandemic.

“It is important we take a moment today to remember the workers who’ve lost their lives and put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and keep vital services running.

“This year has shone a spotlight on the poor state of the social care sector and on how health service staff have been pushed to burnout. Many staff across a broad range of essential services who worked to keep us safe and maintain some quality of life have been left desperate, frightened and traumatised as a result.

“Today we remember all those who have died because of their work – and renew our pledge to fight for the living.”


Notes to editors

This year’s theme for International Workers’ Memorial Day is: health and safety is a human right – let’s make it a reality.

For more information

Trisha Hamilton / Danny Phillips, communications officers, 07943 507 307 t.hamilton@unison.co.uk / 07944 664 110 d.phillips@unison.co.uk