On Tuesday 28 April, thousands of workers, families and community members gathered in Emma Miller Place to Remember the Dead, and Fight for the Living on International Workers' Memorial Day.
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.
Since the beginning of this year, 48 Australians have been killed at work. Last year, 185 Australians were killed at work. The year before that, it was 186 workplace deaths.
Unions 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 Abbott Government continues its attacks on unions — prosecuting union officials and members who speak out or take action in unsafe worksites.