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International Workers Memorial Day

Family, friends and colleagues who have lost someone dear through a workplace death – as well as union members, delegates and community members — are invited to a special memorial ceremony that will be held 10am Friday 28 April at Emma Miller Place , Roma Street, Brisbane.

28 April each year is International Workers’ Memorial Day — a day organised by unions across the globe to remember all those workers who have been injured or killed at work and renew the call for safe workplaces.

As of 30 March, 45 Australians have been killed at work this year. Last year, 178 Australians were killed at work. The year before that, it was 193 workplace deaths.

Union members have fought for and won many protections for workers to make the guarantee of coming home safe a reality — winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented many more injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

But the fight is not over. The Turnbull Government has reintroduced the ABCC (with the help of One Nation) that destroys the ability of workers to look out for their mates and protect safety. We also work in an environment in which a company that kills workers through negligence gets fined less than the workers who stand up for the safety of their mates. We cannot and will not let them succeed when workers’ lives are at stake.

This year we will come together to call for jobs that keep workers safe and healthy. We will seek stronger safeguards to prevent injuries and save lives. We will stand for the right of all workers to raise job safety concerns without fear of retaliation or prosecution and for the freedom to join a union and bargain for fair pay, respect and a better future.

Please join us.