International Workers’ Memorial Day 2017

International Workers’ Memorial Day remembers all workers who have lost their lives in the workplace, and is commemorated this Friday in Manchester.

Programme for Manchester #iwmd17

Gather at Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street from 11.30 onwards with banners and wreaths.

Music from Claire Mooney

12.00: Lynn Collins, Secretary of NWTUC, Chair will welcome everyone, briefly explain the reasons for IWMD and the theme for this year

12.05: Andy Burnham, Labour Party Candidate for G.M. Mayor – how he will work to ensure good health and safety at heart of decent jobs and lives, is a key part of his economic strategy

12.10: Tracey Seward, Families Against Corporate Killers –Tracey’s husband Mark was killed by his employers negligence

12.16: Leo McCann, Professor of Organisational Studies, University of Manchester, the effect of cuts, extra work and trauma on the health of firefighters and other emergency workers

12.22: Christine Alderson, Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group Phil Liptrot – how government attacks on access to justice:  are affecting sick and injured workers and their families

12.26: Mick Whelan, Gen Sec ASLEF on how health and safety for workers is also for passengers, DOO campaign etc

12.30: Lauren McCourt, BFAWU, Fast food worker

12.35: Neil Hope Collins, Prospect

12.40: Ann Farrow and Jane Warburton, UNISON Care Workers

12.45: Phil Liptrot, Thompsons Solicitors government attacks on access to justice effects on sick, injured workers & families

  1. 49: Reading of the names of some of those killed in the North West

12.53: One minutes silence to Remember all the Dead killed at and by work

12.55: Laying of wreaths

12.57: Song from Claire Mooney

13.00: Lynn Collins – concluding comments.

Adjourn to the People’s History Museum – stewards will point the way-  to see the “Fair enough: We are all sickened by inequality at work” exhibition, the new GMHC film on why IWMD is important to us and have a cup of tea. And warm up/cool down/ dry off-  whatever is appropriate!

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