Workers’ Memorial Day – Monday 28 April

At 1.00pm on Monday 28 April, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JD

Waltham Forest Trades Council, supporting unions, campaigners, and relatives of those killed at or by work will gather outside Walthamstow Assembly Hall to remember the dead and to continue to fight for the living!

Speakers will include:

  • John Cryer MP
  • Paul Embery FBU Regional Secretary
  • Vincent Borg UNISON Asst National Officer for Health and Safety
  • Monica Gort Workers Education Association (WEA)
  • Steve White NUT Walthamstow
  • Waltham Forest Trades Council

We will be remembering:

  • Andrezej Rokita, 55, from Poland, 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.
  • Kevin Campbell, 46, from Poplar, who was killed at the Stratford DLR site on 2 March 2014.
  • Raymond Holmes a GMB member who died on 20 April 2010 on the Coppermill Thames Water site.

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Photo of Raymond Holmes.

Dave Knight, President 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 28 April by remembering those killed at and by work, and recommitting 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 for years.

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

Contact: Dave Knight, Waltham Forest Unison – 07789 126113
Mick Ainsley, GMB – 0797 4250947

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