International Workers Memorial Day: how to mark the day

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Tuesday 28 April is International Workers Memorial Day #IWMD20. This year the theme is Stop the Pandemic at Work. The call to Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living have never been so important.

Today at 11am people from all over the world have held a minute silence to remember the health, care and other workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus.

Here is a round-up of what organisations are doing around the world and in the UK to mark the day and the resources they have made freely available.

Hazards campaign

Hazards campaign has designed a “Heartbroken” poster and encourages people to stand by “your door, gate or in the street” and hold it up. At work, people can hold a safe physically distanced outdoor vigil.


TUC has released a video showing the story of Peter, Mary, Cheryl, Zeeshan and Emeka - five UK workers who were taken by Covid-19. Watch it here.

TUC encourages people to help spread the word about the minute's silence, by encouraging as many friends and colleagues to take part, whether in their workplace of at home. can quickly spread the word by posting this tweet, or sharing this Facebook status to join you in taking part in the silence.

Poster by American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

British Safety Council

The British Safety Council is providing support to employers whose workers are at the frontline, including healthcare workers and essential workers in retail, manufacturing and construction. The British Safety Council has today published its annual impact report, setting out key campaigning and advocacy activity in 2019. 

International Labour Organisation

The ILO has released the report In the face of a pandemic: Ensuring Safety and Health at Work which highlights the occupational safety and health risks arising from the spread of Covid-19. It also explores measures to prevent and control the risk of contagion, psychosocial risks, ergonomic and other work-related safety and health risks associated with the pandemic.

Unite the union

Unite has released resources, including health and safety leaflets and posters. The union says: “While we may not be able to attend the memorial events which usually take place, we want to build a day of ‘virtual’ action on Tuesday 28 April.”

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

The AFL-CIO declared April 28 "Workers' Memorial Day" in 1989. This year it has issued flyers and factsheets, posters and communications - more here.


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