We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or because of work, and we resolve to fight to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work.
This year the theme for the day is Stop the Pandemic at Work. The call to Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living have never been so relevant and urgent. Education staff are playing a vital role in supporting our nation’s children during the crisis and tragically some have already lost their lives.
Traditional public events aren’t possible this year but marking the day has never been more important.
Joint general secretaries Kevin Courtney and Mary Bousted on why International Workers' Memorial Day is so important during this pandemic
How can we mark the day?
- Resources are available on the Hazards Campaign website including posters to print off and display at home or school. Why not take a selfie alongside one of the posters and share on social media using the hashtag IWMD20. Or share a photo of yourself and colleagues at work.
- The NEU is clear that schools can only reopen when scientific advice says it is safe and after systematic testing and contact tracing is up and running. We have written to the Prime Minister asking for assurances about how they will mitigate risks to staff health. You can help reinforce this message by signing the petition on our website.
- What better way to mark the day than to appoint a health and safety rep in your school? Health and safety reps are making a real difference in schools which have one, ensuring that members’ needs in relation to hygiene and social distancing, home working and mental health are top of the agenda. During the current crisis, bespoke training with a specific focus on Covid-19 is available for new and existing health and safety reps. Contact email@example.com to sign up.
- The NEU is supporting calls for a minute's silence to remember the dead. Wherever you are please try to observe this and if you are at work please arrange with your colleagues to observe a collective minute's silence, involving pupils where appropriate, at 11am on 28th April.
- This TUC guide suggests practical ways to get involved including hosting video calls, launching petitions, arranging socially distanced stunts and support for the bereaved. You can also sign up for a TUC a video call taking place at 2pm on the day.