Council to mark International Workers' Memorial Day


Friday, 12 April, 2019

image of cairn with flowers at bottomEast Dunbartonshire Council is working in partnership once again to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on Sunday 28 April with a local ceremony in Bishopbriggs.

International Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year to remember those who have lost their lives at work. Events and activities take place across the world to mark the day.

Council employees, Elected Members, Community Planning partners and Trade Union colleagues will join together to lay wreaths at the memorial cairn erected in 2013 in Bishopbriggs to mark the Cadder Pit Disaster of 1913 when 22 miners lost their lives.

The ceremony will take place at 10.30am and Howard Wilkin, Convener of the GMB Union, will lead proceedings, saying a few words of remembrance. Council flags at Southbank Marina will also be lowered for the day.

Joint Council Leader Andrew Polson said, "The health, safety and wellbeing of our employees is of paramount importance to the Council and we are committed to maintaining and improving our high standards in this regard.

“International Workers’ Memorial Day is always an important date on the calendar for us and this ceremony provides us with not only an opportunity to remember those who have sadly lost their lives at work but to also reaffirm our commitment to safe practices and working environments for all Council employees."

Joint Council Leader Vaughan Moody added, "Safety at work is something everyone must take seriously at all times.

"As a local authority - and one of the largest employers in the area - we have a duty to lead by example in health and safety and to encourage all employers to ensure the highest standards are upheld to protect workers.

"We can all do our bit to ensure everyone who goes to work comes home safely at the end of their shift."

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