International Workers’ Memorial Day

Tuesday marks International Workers Memorial Day. This year has added poignancy with 100 health and social care workers across the UK losing their lives fighting the Covid-19 virus.

Tuesday marks International Workers Memorial Day.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon earlier confirmed the Scottish Government will join in the minute’s silence at 11 am on Tuesday to remember all workers who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury, diseases and occupational illness.

This year has added poignancy with 100 health and social care workers across the UK losing their lives fighting the Covid-19 virus.

Aberdeenshire Council is also joining the international commemoration.

The worldwide awareness day takes place on April 28 annually to acknowledge workers around the globe who have died as a result of work-related injury or occupational illness.

The slogan for this year’s annual event is ‘Remember the Dead; Fight for the Living.’

Cllr Bill Howatson, Provost of Aberdeenshire, explained

The Coronavirus has brought into sharp focus the role our key workers have played in selflessly looking after others during the pandemic.

At the very least we can collectively say ‘thank you’ by taking a moment to commemorate their fantastic efforts in caring for your family and friends during these unprecedented times by acknowledging their courage, care and commitment tomorrow for International Workers’ Memorial Day.”

In general, we should also applaud all workers who have had to adapt quickly to working from home often juggling their daily work with childcare commitments or coming to terms with completing tasks in isolation. Tomorrow is for you as well.

Aberdeenshire Council will be marking International Workers’ Memorial Day by observing the national one minute silence at 11 am tomorrow.

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You can show your support on social media by using the #IWMD20 hashtag.

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