Sheffielders took time to remember those who have lost their lives at work for International Workers’ Memorial Day.
Crowds gathered at the Workers’ Memorial Tree outside Sheffield Town Hall to pay their respects to people across the world who have died or become ill or seriously injured because of their job.
Martin Mayer, secretary of the Sheffield Trade Union Council, said: “Workers’ Memorial Day is a truly international date in the trade union calendar and serves to mark the deaths and also the serious injuries and ill-health suffered by workers around the world due to health and safety issues in the workplace.
“With health and safety protection under attack, there is serious concern that deaths and injuries will increase, not decrease.”
Martin added: “This year’s event is almost exactly one year after the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, when over 1,100 workers died in one of the worst industrial disasters in history. This was entirely due to sweatshop working conditions and criminally negligent health and safety provision by the employer.
“Significantly, those conditions exist only because of the drive by some of the biggest Western clothing retailers to drive down prices when sourcing products for their outlets.”
Yesterday’s event was opened by Lord Mayor Coun Vickie Priestley. The same theme of ‘Remember the dead but fight for the living’ is used every year.
The event was led by Sheffield Trades Union Council President Bob Jeffery, with other speakers including representatives from Unite, GMB and the Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos Group.