International Workers' Memorial Day 2017

Friday 28th April 2017

International Workers' Memorial Day services were held today at Blacktown (9am) and in Sydney (midday) to mark the commemoration of workers killed or injured in the workplace.

Mark Morey, Unions NSW Secretary spoke at both services discussing the significance of the day and that all workers deserve to return to their loved ones in the same way as they had left their home.

Research demonstrates that Union workplaces are safer than non-union sites. 

"The unions have always been the custodians in the workplace for safety and we need to ensure safety is always everyone's first priority," Mr Morey said.

Stephen Bali, AWU NSW President said, "Attendances at these ceremonies have been increasing over the years and there is a need for all workplaces to consider sending their workplace safety members and management to attend so as to increase awareness of safety issues."

"The significance of the day is not just to focus on death and injury in the workplace but also to constructively reflect on how to improve work processes and address bullying or harassment issues," said Mr Bali.

Photo: Blacktown Showgrounds (right to left), Cr Tony Bleasdale (Deputy Mayor of Blacktown City); Scott Bean (AWU Official); Justin Cody (AWU Official); Stephen Bali (AWU NSW President & Blacktown Mayor); John Scott (AWU NSW Executive member & TAFE worker); Mark Morey (Unions NSW Secretary); and Steve Ackerman (AWU Official).