South Lanarkshire Council pays tribute on International Workers’ Memorial Day

South Lanarkshire Council paid tribute to those who lost their lives on the job.

Yesterday the council celebrated International Workers Memorial Day which commemorates workers who have lost their lives.

The event is commemorated annually by trade unions around the world and remembers those who have lost their lives on the job as well as those who have suffered injury, illness or disease in the course of their work.

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A special wreath laying ceremony was held at council headquarters attended by union representatives, council officials and councillors. A minute of silence was then observed by those present.

This year’s theme was “health and safety are a fundamental right of workers”.

South Lanarkshire Joint Union Committee chair Maureen Kennedy said: “As we remember the dead, we must fight for the living.

“As union activists, we will continue to campaign for improvements and challenge issues that threaten the health and safety of our members.”

Council Chief Executive Cleland Sneddon said: “On this day we remember those who have died on the job throughout history and increase our resolve to prevent such deaths in the future.

“Today allows us to pause and remember this – and to work to ensure that we continue to provide safe working practices to all of our colleagues.”

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