International Workers’ Memorial Day 2023

Friday 28th April was International Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember colleagues who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. Every year, more people are killed at work than in wars. International Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers. It’s held every year on the same date, with trade unions uniting to remember those who have died.

This year’s theme was ‘Organising Workers around Health and Safety’. Buildings across the city region were lit up purple, including the Cunard, Town Hall and St George’s Hall. A commemoration and wreath-laying event took place in the morning on the South Plaza of George’s Dock, and as part of the annual remembrance, the memorial on Islington also saw people gathering.

In preparation for the day, LSSL Street Cleansing and Greenspaces colleagues carried out 4 site visits. The memorial was jet washed, the surrounding site was swept, scuffed, sprayed and strimmed, and the greenery was mown and cutback. The images show the site being prepared in the lead up to the day, and then the event which saw people gathering to commemorate those who have lost their lives at work.