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 Thursday, 28 April at Emma Miller Place , Roma Street, Brisbane.
28 April each year is International Workers' Memorial Day — a day to remember all those workers who have been injured or killed at work and renew the call for safe workplaces.
As of 20 April 41 Australians have been killed at work this year. Last year, 193 Australians were killed at work. The year before that, it was 187 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. Some employers continue to cut corners and violate the law, contracting out work to avoid responsibility or firing or disciplining workers who speak out. Meanwhile the Turnbull LNP Government continues its attacks on workers and their unions — prosecuting union officials and members who speak out or take action in unsafe worksites and trying to re-introduce the ABCC.
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.
If you would like more information about worker fatalities in Australia, please visit the SafeWork Australia website: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/work-related-fatalities/pages/worker-fatalities
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