International Workers Memorial Day: Paying our respects

Darren Roberts, Branch Secretary for Capital Branch, paid his respects at the International Workers Memorial Day in Tower Bridge London on April 29th. The event honoured workers who lost their lives in the line of duty, with this year’s focus on the impact of global warming on health and safety. Issues like heat stress, air pollution, and extreme weather are all affected by climate change.

The day, rooted in the union movement, serves to remember those who died while on duty. According to the Health and Safety Labour Watch (ISIG), at least 425 workers lost their lives at work in the first three months of 2024.

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, attended the event, emphasising the importance of health and safety. He pledged that if Labour wins the next general election, improving and implementing safety measures would be a top priority.

Darren, along with members from Capital Branch, laid flowers for a former colleague who died tragically while working on a cabinet by the A40 in Ealing London.