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Monday 22 April 2024

International Workers’ Memorial Day 2024

International Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated annually throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

On Sunday 28 April 2024, Salisbury City Council will fly its flag at half-mast in the foyer of Salisbury Guildhall as a mark of respect to all workers who have lost their lives due to their employment.

Across the globe more people are killed at work than in wars every year.

International Workers’ Memorial Day has a different theme each year and the theme for 2024 is:

‘The Climate Crisis and the Workers’ Health’

With last year being the hottest on record, the theme for 2024’s Workers’ Memorial Day is the impact of climate change on occupational health and safety.

Death at work and employment disruption as a result of global warming, not to mention occupational illness caused by polluting of fossil fuels, are rising everywhere, and are only expected to increase.

Stand with us this year to remember the early victims of climate change-caused heat stress, UV radiation, air pollution, industrial accidents, extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases, and chemical exposure. And commit to fight for a world that’s more, not less, safe to live and work in.

We mourn for the dead and fight for the living.

Darren James – Salisbury & District Trades Union Council