Online only: updated 16/04/21

Workers’ Memorial Day 2021

Remember the dead and fight for the living!

INTERNATIONAL Workers' Memorial Day falls this year on 28 April. It commemorates those who are killed at work - more people every year than die in wars.

Waltham Forest Trades Council, of which London Freelance Branch is a member, is holding an online event at 12:15pm on 28 April. As it notes: "This year's focus will be the pandemic and the preventable loss of life and misery from ill health arising from poor preparedness, a refusal to accept the science on things such as the airborne transmission risk, a refusal to act quickly and accept the need for urgent lockdown and to not come out of that too early when it was obvious not to do so, the abdication of our health and safety police – the Health and Safety Executive - and government's and employers' initial refusal to acknowledge the trade unions' role in this as recognised by strike votes."

The Trades Council continues: "We will also raise other issues such as decent pay rises and treatment for those who have worked so hard through the pandemic, the fight against the gig economy and zero hours contracts, resisting restrictions to the right to protest and the forthcoming COP26 in Glasgow where the future of our survival on the planet will be debated.

Speakers will include local trade union reps from NHS, teaching and transport unions as well as others. Register for the event at

Please let the Freelance know about other events that you know of. For those known to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) see and internationally

16 April 2021

  • The TUC is looking for cases of people who have lost their life at work or because of work for a Memorial Wall. You can check the memorial and add cases at