Workers Memorial Day Event

Here is a message about Workers Memorial Day from our friends at the Trades Council

Dear comrades,
 

Please see below details of this year’s Workers’ Memorial Day event at St Thomas Church, County Durham, supported by County Durham Trades Union Council (CDTUC). All welcome – please pass the details on to anyone else who might be interested:

Bishop of Durham to lead Workers’ Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at the church of St Thomas, Stanley Crook

On Tuesday, 28 April 2015 a remembrance event, to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day, will be held at the church of St Thomas, Stanley Crook.

The ceremony will be led by The Rt. Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, and will include the following special guest speakers:

– Linda Whelan, Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK)
– Professor Ray Hudson, Acting Vice Chancellor, Durham University

– Professor Huw Beynon, Director of the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research (WISERD) and Honorary Fellow at Durham University

This event is organised and supported by County Durham Trades Union Council (CDTUC), FACK and the Durham Mining Communities Banner Groups Association every year, on International Workers’ Memorial Day, to remember those employees, who have died through industrial accident, or disease, or made ill through their work.

County Durham Trades Union Council would like to extend an invitation to all members of the public to join them, alongside family, friends and colleagues, who will be remembering loved ones, who have either died, been injured, or made ill through their work.

Secretary of County Durham Trades Council (Mr Ben Sellers) said:
 
Whatever else we do, and whatever else the concerns of our members are, County Durham Trades Council make a point of supporting Workers’ Memorial Day every year on the 28th of April, with an event at Stanley Crook, County Durham.
 
That’s because every year globally thousands die needlessly while at work. Many of those deaths happen on our doorstep, in our county, to our children, our brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. It’s important not to let that fact go by without commemoration.
 
But the event is about more than commemoration and that word ‘needlessly’ is more than just a word. Almost as important is to highlight the laissez faire attitude of many employers and this government when it comes to health and safety, sadly making many of these deaths, injuries and diseases inevitable, when they should be avoidable. That is unacceptable in 2015.”
 
The Rt. Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, said:

“Work is an important aspect of being human. Well being at work therefore matters too. Sadly many die in their place of work across the world because of unhealthy conditions and lack of care.
 

 I am pleased to be sharing in this service which remembers those who have died because of their work; and to keep high on our agenda the importance of the best working conditions for all.”

Date: Tuesday 28th April 2015
Time: 7pm at St Thomas Church
Venue: Stanley Crook, near Crook, Co Durham DL15 9RY
 
There will be a short procession with banners up the hill towards St Thomas’, setting of from the bus turning circle at 6.15pm.
 
The Facebook page for the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756731297774664/
 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me or Dave Ayre on 01388 762461 
 
Yours in solidarity,
 
Ben Sellers
 
Secretary, County Durham Trades Union Council
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