Members and Officals from NIPSA, participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Stormont Grounds to remember International Workers Memorial Day

International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) is a day to remember people who have been killed, injured or made ill by work. It is a day when workers focus on health and safety at work, both in our workplaces and at events locally, nationally and worldwide.

To mark International Workers’ Memorial Day the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is organising a wreath laying ceremony on Thursday 27 April 2017 at 10.30am at the IWMD Commemorative Tree in the grounds of Parliament Buildings, Stormont. Afterwards there will be a presentation of the Safety Rep of the Year Award at 11.15am in the Stormont Hotel, Newtownards Road, Belfast.

We are asking members to join us at these events. We are also asking branches to consider organising their own event in the workplace. Here are a range of initiatives you might consider:

Discuss the purpose of IWMC with your members.

Download and display posters (click on images on the left) in your workplace and distribute leaflets about IWMD – obtain free leaflets, car and lapel stickers and FACK (Families Against Corporate Killers) DVD from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hold a minute’s silence at work – wear purple ribbons.

Carry out a workplace inspection.

Organise a Health and Safety Committee meeting.

Put up a display in a place where your members will see it like the canteen or corridor.

Use the #IWMD17 to let others know what you are doing.

Organise an event at lunch time.

Get your employer involved in creating awareness by using the attached official national International Workers’ Memorial Day logo on their website, social media platforms, and as a banner on emails, etc.

Friday 28 April 2017 is an important day and an opportunity to remember and to consolidate everyone’s focus on the issue of worker health and safety. We are asking branches to please mark this date now in your calendar and make the commitment to contribute to this essential challenge by carrying out some of the activities above, or implementing initiatives of your own.

Please circulate this information was widely as possible and support this event.