Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to recognise International Workers’ Memorial Day.

Cathy said “International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April is a day to remember all those who have died, been injured or suffered ill health because of their work. It is also a day when we should be thinking about how we can avoid workplace death, injury and disease. I would like to see the day officially recognised in Scotland, as it now is in several countries and by various organisations such as the HSE and the STUC, as a day when Health and Safety at Work is actively promoted and we can look to the year ahead in our quest to tackle hazards and make workplaces safer. As the slogan says, it should be a day when we remember the dead and fight for the living.

“Scotland’s health and safety record is not a good one. We do have higher levels of death and serious injury than the rest of the UK, and we also have fewer successful prosecutions and lower penalties imposed on employers. We need to address this, and the Scottish Government should play their part. Recognising International Workers’ Memorial Day would be a good start.”

Cathy also joined Brian McNeill at the Falkirk Trade Union Council May Day event at Camelon Labour Club on Friday evening, singing several labour movement songs.

S3M-03971 Cathy Peattie (Falkirk East) (Scottish Labour): Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living – That the Parliament supports International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2009, which has the theme, good occupational health for all workers; notes that International Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates the two million workers who die from accidents and diseases at work, the 1.2 million who are injured and the 160 million who fall ill each year due to unsafe, unhealthy or unsustainable work and workplaces; notes that such deaths greatly exceed the number of deaths caused by war and that many such deaths are preventable by improved health and safety; calls for this day to be widely observed in Scotland through action to improve safety and provide a healthier working environment, and believes that the Scottish Government and others should formally recognise International Workers’ Memorial Day as an annual event when they take stock and advance plans for health and safety improvements and seek to provide a healthier working environment in the year to come.


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