Plans in place for International Workers’ Memorial Day

A service to mark Workers Memorial Day was held at Christchurch in Hartlepool on Saturday. Town MP Iain Wright prepares to lay a wreath at the service.

A service to mark Workers Memorial Day was held at Christchurch in Hartlepool on Saturday. Town MP Iain Wright prepares to lay a wreath at the service.

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A MEMORIAL day held to commemorate people killed or injured at work is to take place this weekend.

Every year a poignant service is held to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day and this year’s will take place on Sunday, April 28, at 12.30pm, at Hartlepool Art Gallery and Information Centre, in Church Square, Hartlepool.

Guest speakers include Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), and Gillian Muir, a solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors.

The laying of the wreaths, to commemorate all those who have died, been injured or made ill through work, will follow the service.

The day, held in Hartlepool since 1999, is part of a campaign to stop avoidable workplace deaths and to call on employers and Government to make all workplaces safe.

The art gallery’s cafe will be open from noon for people to congregate and refreshments will be available.

Meanwhile, a lone Scottish piper will be playing in Church Square from 11.45am and will pipe guests into the building for a minute’s silence, which will be held before the service starts at 12.30pm.

Town MP Iain Wright, shadow minister for competitiveness and enterprise, will give a reading.

International Workers’ Memorial Day is held around the world on April 28 every year.