Falkirk set to mark International workers’ Memorial Day

A ceremony will take place in Falkirk next week to remember the thousands of workers who have lost their lives or their health as a result of their jobs.

International Workers Memorial Day (Pic: Alan Murray)

Organisers say that this year's event to mark International Workers Memorial Day, on Wednesday, April 28, will have a special poignancy, given the number of people who have died from Covid 19 after catching the virus at work.

Traditionally, it is held in the foyer of Falkirk’s municipal buildings with wreaths laid before an STUC plaque marking the day.

However, this year the opening part of the ceremony will be held outside with only those actually laying wreaths entering the building.

The occasion will start with a minute’s silence at 11am before any of those attending wishing to speak will be asked to say a few words.

International Workers Memorial Day is marked around the globe, commemorating those who have lost their lives or been injured due to accidents at work or as a result of their employment.

It's motto is 'Remember the dead, fight for the living' as it campaigns for better health and safety for all workers.

The event has been organised in recent years by Falkirk Trades Union Council and is attended by trade union members as well as members of Falkirk Council.

Anyone attending the ceremony next Wednesday is asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Last year, the Kelpies were lit up in purple to mark the day and organisers hope they will be this year too.

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