Since the beginning of this year, 31 Australians have been killed at work. Last year, 193 Australians were killed at work. The year before that, it was 185 workplace deaths.
Workplace injury and death is an avoidable tragedy that no worker or family should have to experience. The price for safety is eternal vigilance and the willingness and strength to act.
28 April is International Workers’ Memorial Day – a day to mourn for those who have lost their lives at work and to renew our vow to fight for the lives and safety of all workers.
Queensland Unions will be holding a memorial ceremony – 10am Tuesday, 28 April at Emma Miller Place (Roma Street).
We invite you to attend. Please RSVP by clicking this link.
There is also a Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/780200345446111/
Unions have fought for and won many protections for workers to make the guarantee of coming home safe a reality — protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented many more injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
Right now unions are fighting in areas like construction for protections that ensure all workers can go home at the end of the day. This is in an increasingly hostile environment in which employers, the LNP and Malcolm Turnbull try to defame and shackle unions and try to resurrect the ABCC — a body which usurps basic principles of law such a presumption of innocence and seeks to punish workers who stand up and speak out for their safety and the safety of their mates.
We cannot and will not let them succeed when workers’ lives are at stake.
This year we will come together to call for jobs that keep workers safe and healthy. We will seek stronger safeguards to prevent injuries and save lives. We will stand for the right of all workers to raise job safety concerns without fear of retaliation or prosecution and for the freedom to join a union and bargain for fair pay, respect and a better future.
Please join us.
10am Thursday, 28 April at Emma Miller Place — Roma Street, Brisbane.
Queensland Council of Unions
© Queensland Council of Unions 2016 | Authorised by Ros McLennan, General Secretary Queensland Council of Unions