April 28 is International Workers’ Memorial Day or Workers’ Mourning Day. This is the international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. The focus this year is of course the global COVID-19 pandemic.
While everyone is affected by the crisis, workers are on the front line. Healthcare workers in particular are risking their lives doing their job to take care of the sick. There are people working in aged care facilities looking after the most vulnerable group of people. But Probation, Police and Prison officers are also key workers along with transport and supermarket workers, and providers of other essential services, to keep the economy going.
International Workers’ Memorial Day 2020 will be held in support of all these courageous workers and in remembrance of the people who have died or become sick or injured while doing their job.
Social distancing and lockdown measures most likely mean that physical meetings and events will not be possible. The International TUC is asking people to send in ideas for virtual activities and will be publishing them on their website http://28april.org/ – so check it out on 28th April.