United Voice joined with other unions this week to remember all those who lost their lives at work. International Workers’ Memorial Day is a day when we remember the dead but also fight for the living by renewing our call for safe workplaces.
Everyone has a right to a safe workplace and to ensure they return safely to their loved ones at the end of the working day. Unions have fought for and won many protections to make sure coming home safely from work is a reality. Protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented many more injuries and illnesses in the workplace.
Government statistics show that 185 Australians died in workplace incidents in 2014. Of those deaths, 32 occurred in Queensland. At a memorial service in Emma Miller place in Brisbane, we remembered these workers and all the other people who lost their lives while at work. Union members held cards representing each person who died last year and laid flowers in their memory at a plaque in Emma Miller Place. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke at the memorial service and also announced that her government would be introducing workplace health and safety legislation in the near future.
The memorial service served as a reminder about the importance of health and safety in the workplace and the need to keep campaigning to make sure there are no more deaths or injuries at work and that everyone comes home safe at the end of the working day.