Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Remember the dead and fight for the living

Workers Memorial Day is an important day in the calendar each year. It gives us a chance to commemorate those who have died as a result of their work and to think of the families and friends that have been left behind. We also think of those who have been seriously injured or made ill through work and reaffirm our commitment to supporting and protecting them.

Britain can rightly be proud of the health and safety legislation we have in place and the British trade union movement has led the way in protecting the lives of people at work through Health and Safety Representatives. Their dedication has protected countless workers and their families from the consequences of deaths and injuries at work and I pay tribute to their tireless efforts on behalf of us all.

The theme of this year’s Workers Memorial Day is “Good Occupational Health for All Workers”. We must never be complacent and that is why we are committed to improving occupational health support. So let us remember those who have sadly lost their lives and renew our commitment to improving safety at work in the future.

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