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Home > News > 2016 > April > International Workers’ Memorial Day - 28 April

International Workers’ Memorial Day - 28 April

On 28 April, unions, workers and the wider global community will come together to remember all those who have been injured or killed at work.

The day is an opportunity to honour and remember these workers and renew the call for safe workplaces in a commitment to fight for the living.

Since the beginning of this year, 22 Australians have been killed at work. Last year, 190 Australians were killed at work.

The year before that, it was 187 workplace deaths.


Union members have fought for and won many protections for workers to make the guarantee of coming home safe a reality — winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented many more injuries and illnesses in the workplace.

But the campaign is not over. Some employers continue to cut corners and violate the law, contracting out work to avoid responsibility, or firing or disciplining workers who speak out.

Family, friends and colleagues who have lost someone dear through a workplace death – as well as union members, delegates and community members — are invited to a special memorial ceremony that will be held from10am Thursday 28 April at Emma Miller Place, Roma Street, Brisbane.

Others who would like to take part are invited to observe a minute’s silence in their workplace at 10.30am on 28 April.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.