Hartlepool employees to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day

A service to mark Workers' Memorial Day, held in Hartlepool last year.
A service to mark Workers' Memorial Day, held in Hartlepool last year.

Hartlepool’s trade unions are urging people to get involved in a remembrance service to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day.

The event commemorates those who have been either killed or injured in workplace accidents.

It will be heldnext Thursday, at Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square starting at 12.20pm.

Edwin Jeffries, president of Hartlepool Trades Union Council, said: “The theme for the 2016 International Workers’ Memorial Day is Strong Laws, Strong Enforcement and Strong Unions and we are using the day to highlight the need for strong health and safety regulation, both nationally and around the world.”

Guest speakers will include Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, Dr Andrew Watterson, professor and head of the Occupational and Environmental Health Research Group at Stirling University in Scotland, Chris Knighton, of the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund and Laurie Kazan-Allen, co-ordinator of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat.

A lone Scottish piper will perform in Church Square from 11.45am and will pipe guests and attendees into Christ Church at 12.20pm in time to take their seats for a one-minute silence at 12.30pm.

Following the service, at about 1.10pm, more than 40 wreaths will be laid by people including bereaved family members and the Mayor of Hartlepool, Coun Mary Fleet.

For more information, contact Edwin Jeffries on 07813 073186 or email: ejeffries73@gmail.com.