Remembering our missing colleagues on Workers’ Memorial Day

Published Sunday, 25th April 2021

Trade unions in Hartlepool are urging people to remember fallen colleagues – including those who have died around the world in the fight against COVID-19 - on international Workers’ Memorial Day on Wednesday 28th April.

The annual event traditionally commemorates those who have been either killed or injured in workplace accidents and aims to raise awareness among employers of the importance of effective health and safety procedures.

Workers' Memorial Day 2021

Edwin Jeffries, President of Hartlepool Trades Union Council, said: “Due to the current COVID restrictions, we are not able to hold a full public commemoration service and wreath-laying ceremony this year.

“However, we very much hope people will remember fallen colleagues in their own way at work or at home on Wednesday, including observing a minute’s silence and – provided that their home circumstances make it safe to do so – lighting a candle.

“This year we also remember the key workers in the UK and across the world who have given their lives helping others during the pandemic.

“We also pay tribute to the courage and devotion of all the workers and volunteers around the world who have helped and cared for others throughout the dark days of the pandemic.

“On Workers’ Memorial Day, as our slogan for the event each year reminds us, we ‘Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living.’ ”