Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremonies 26th and 28th April


This year, as Workers Memorial Day falls on a Sunday, our ceremony at Walthamstow Town Hall will take place on Friday 26th April at 1 pm.wmd logo

The ceremony is to remember those workers who have lost their lives or have been maimed due to work related accidents or are suffering from occupational illnesses.

The local Trade Unions, local authority representatives, Councillors and local MPs will gather at the Town Hall where the National Flag will fly at half mast in memory of those who have died.  A one minute silence will be observed, wreaths will be laid and speeches made.

“Remember the dead, Fight for the living”

On the 28th April each year Trade Unions across the world hold remembrance ceremonies, but it’s more than just remembering, it’s also about fighting for the right of every worker to carry out their work in a safe and hazard free environment.

Local Trade Unions will be selling the purple remembrance ribbons for Workers Memorial Day. These cost £1 and will be available on the day Everyone is welcome to attend.

The money raised will be donated to a Health and Safety charity

If you would like to become a Unison member and /or a Health and Safety Rep. please contact the Unison office on 020 8496 4703

Workers’ Memorial Day –  Sunday 28th April

Held at 11:30am at Thames Water Water Treatment Works, Coppermill Lane, E17.

Waltham Forest Trades Council, supporting unions, campaigners, and relatives of those killed at or by work will gather at the Coppermill Thames water site at 11.30am, 28 April to remember the dead and to continue to fight for the living!

We will be joining members of the GMB union to remember their colleague Raymond Holmes who died on 20 April 2010 on the Coppermill Thames Water site. Raymond Holmes’ family are unable to attend but have wished us well and thank us for our efforts in marking Workers’ Memorial Day.

We will also be remembering:

  • Andrezej Rokita, 55, from Poland, who was killed by falling materials while working at M & M Contracting Ltd., Midland Rd. E10, on 22 March 2010.
  • Alfie Perrin, 16, from Enfield, who died when he fell from a scaffold in Camden Rd, Wanstead on 14 November 2012.

Darren O’Grady, Secretary of Waltham Forest Trades Council said: “The United Nations say there are more people killed at work every year than those killed by war and that the majority of these workplace deaths are predictable, preventable and caused by negligent employers. That is why every year we mark 28th April by remembering those killed at and by work, and re-committing to the fight to stop the damage work does.”

In the UK each year 1,500 to 1,600 people are killed while doing their jobs – including those killed on the roads while working. It is estimated between 20,000 to 50,000 people die each year in GB from work-related diseases – about 5,000 from asbestos diseases alone. Successive governments have repeatedly said almost all of this is predictable and preventable by employers who still fail to protect their employees and the general public.

Yet despite this the UK the government is attacking those health, safety and environmental protections we have fought long and hard for – using the cuts agenda to achieve what big, bad, killer bosses have been screaming in favour of for years.

Which is why we will be there to remember the dead – and fight like hell for the living!

Speakers will include Darren O’Grady, Secretary of Waltham Forest Trades Council and Mick Ainsley of the GMB trade union.


  • Darren O’Grady, Waltham Forest Trades Council – 07761 863 965
  • Dave Knight, Waltham Forest UNISON – 07837 380236
  • Mick Ainsley, GMB – 0797 425 0947
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