Workers’ Memorial Day, 28th April 2013


(photo courtesy of Mick Holder)

Supporters of Waltham Forest Trades Council met on Workers Memorial Day, 28 April 2013 at Thames Water Water Treatment Works, Coppermill Lane, E17 (UNISON attended with the branch banner) to remember GMB member Raymond Holmes who died on 20 April 2010 on the Coppermill Thames Water site.

Also remembered was 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, and Alfie Perrin, 16, from Enfield, who died when he fell from a scaffold in Camden Rd, Wanstead on 14 November 2012.

Speakers included Darren O’Grady, Secretary of Waltham Forest Trades Council, Mick Ainsley, GMB Regional Organiser, Simon Hester, HSE construction inspector and Chair of Prospect’s HSE branch, Jerry Kelly, NUT Waltham Forest and local hazards campaigner and NUJ member Mick Holder.

Speakers linked recent tragedies in Texas and Bangladesh to the actions of the current government in their attacks on health and safety protections. The attacks on the role of our health and safety police were highlighted as was the need to reverse these attacks. All agreed stronger unions were needed to ensure that we continue to remember the dead – and fight like hell for the living!

Waltham Forest Trades Council laid a wreath at the entrance to the Thames Water site and left a message which says:

This wreath is to remember Raymond Holmes who lost his life while at work for Thames Water here on 20 April 2010.

It was placed here by Waltham Forest Trades Council and local trade unionists on Workers Memorial Day, 28 April, a day marked around the world to remember those killed at work and to recognise the preventable nature of most workplace injuries, diseases and deaths.


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