Commemorations will take place across Scotland where trade unions and families of those who have lost loved ones at work will gather to remember the dead and to continue the fight to ensure that our workplaces are safe workplaces and negligent employers are held to account.
Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary said
“The STUC has supported International Workers Memorial Day since 1993 and we welcome the fact that following an approach from the STUC, three new local authorities, Angus, East Lothian and Stirling are formally recognising the day.
“This year’s commemoration takes place against a background of savage cuts in funding for the Health and Safety Executive and Local Authorities, cuts we fear will have a significant impact on the ability for not to effectively enforce our health and safety legislation.
“We are now seeing the reality of the coalition Government’s total disregard for the rights on workers throughout the United Kingdom following David Cameron’s vow to wage war against the excessive health and safety culture that has become an albatross around the neck of British businesses.
“It is right that every April we gather to “Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living.” This coalition Government, as a result its unnecessary austerity measures and its disregard for the health and safety of workers is making the fight for the living a harder one, but it is a fight that has to be won”.
Details of events at http://www.stuc.org.uk/international-workers-memorial-day
For further information contact
Ian Tasker 0141 337 8100