Workers’ Memorial Day events planned in South Yorkshire

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AN INTERNATIONAL event to commemorate those who have been killed or injured at work is being marked with events in South Yorkshire this weekend.

International Workers’ Memorial Day is held tomorrow.

Sheffield Trades Union Council members are gathering in the city centre at 12.30pm for a ceremony at the Workers’ Memorial Tree, outside the Town Hall.

Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley will speak at the event, along with representatives of several trade unions, and Vicar of Bolsterstone, Rev Kevin Barnard, before wreaths and flowers are placed around the tree.

There will be a two minutes’ silence for workers who have been killed or injured around the world.

Union representatives present will include members of Unite, UCATT and the Fire Brigades’ Union.

A Sheffield Trades Union Council spokesman said: “Trade union branches and shop stewards have been requested to encourage fellow trade unionists, colleagues and friends to attend this very important ceremony and to ensure wreaths and flowers are brought along.”

Meanwhile, in Barnsley the day will be marked with a 30-minute service outside the Town Hall, also at 12.30pm.

A Barnsley Council spokeswoman said: “The day provides an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety.

“The slogan for the day is “Remember the dead – Fight for the living.”