Today is International Workers’ Memorial Day, and it’s the day every year when we remember and reflect on all of those that have lost their lives at work. A tragic thing for anybody; for their family, their friends or their community and really important that we remember it. This year of course is overlaid by the coronavirus. Every day we see our key workers going out on the frontline, risking their lives on behalf of all of us and, tragically, too many of them have lost their lives.
Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer said: “Frontline workers are going out every day risking their lives for us all. Many are still attending ill-equipped, without safety measures. Today on International Workers Memorial Day, I pay tribute those who have lost their lives at work, now and before the pandemic. Efforts to prevent more deaths are vital”.
Remember the dead, protect the living – Keir Starmer’s workers’ memorial day message no worker should have to risk their life because they haven’t got the right protective equipment.
In a video message on International Workers’ Memorial Day, the Labour Leader says that as we observe one minute’s silence at 11am for those who have died, we must “continue to fight for those on the frontline to protect their lives”.
“We owe it to them to make sure they’ve got the right equipment, in the right place, at the right time and we will continue to press on that,” he said.
Keir added: “We can’t go out and clap on a Thursday, and pretend that when this is over we can return to business as usual. Many of those on the frontline have been undervalued and underpaid for far, far too long and we owe them and the whole country a vision of a better future when we come through this pandemic, as we will.”
Workers’ Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government. Stephen Morgan MP has joined local trade unions and others in remembering those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases by completing a minute silence.
The city MP also called for renewed efforts to organise collectively to prevent more deaths, injuries and disease as a result of work, commending the trade unions for their work in the ongoing battle for increased employee rights and safety.
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said: “Frontline workers are going out every day risking their lives for us all. Many are still attending ill-equipped, without safety measures. Today on International Workers Memorial Day, I pay tribute those who have lost their lives at work, now and before the pandemic. Efforts to prevent more deaths are vital”.
Alongside the City MP Portsmouth Labour paid their respects to those who have sadly lost their lives at work over the past year, paying particular tribute to those who are fighting on the frontline during Covid-19 and have sadly lost their own lives while doing all they can to save others. We laid flowers at the Portsmouth Workers memorial alongside other trade unions in the city.