On Friday 28 April, workers around the world remember those that have died on the job. One of the most important things that unions fight for is our collective right to be safe at work and go home to our friends and families. Secure jobs must be safe jobs. We know from experience that precarious and casualised jobs can mean unsafe jobs due to a lack of training, fear of saying no or a fear to be represented.
For more infomation about Victorian activities for International Workers' Memorial Day you can check out the OHS page from Victorian Trades Hall
There are three things you can do on the 28th to prioritise health and safety at work and help prevent deaths or injury:
1. "Put your boots out" on social media
“Boots out” has become the emblem of people who are missing because of workplace deaths.
Take a photo of your boots on your front doorstep and post them on social media with the hashtag #PutYourBootsOut and #IWMD17 to tell your friends what Workers’ Memorial Day means to you.
2. Make time to talk about health and safety at your workplace
Get your workmates together to talk about the stats and what you can be doing in your workplace to make sure you don’t become one of them.
- Choose a location and time to meet on April 28. Do you need seating? Audio equipment?
- Tell your colleagues and put up a notice before the day. All staff email? Toolbox meeting? Notice board? Add to staff meeting agendas?
- Organise who will speak.
If someone in your workplace has a personal safety story (a “near miss”, or an injury they sustained) ask them to share it at the Workers’ Memorial Day meeting.
3. Come to the memorial service at Trades Hall
Join hundreds of workers and their families to pay your respects at the Workers’ Memorial Day Service.
The service starts at 10.30am on 28 April at Trades Hall, corner of Lygon St & Victoria St, Carlton.
Ballarat: Trades Hall, 24 Camp Street, Ballarat
For more information and to RSVP, contact the BTLC on 03 5332 3666 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gippsland: Centenary Rose Garden, Commercial Road, Morwell at 11.00amFriday 28th April 2017
Wodonga: Memorial Service and BBQ, Friday 28th April from 5 PM, Sumsion Gardens (off Church St) Wodonga