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History of the International Commemoration Day

In 1984, the OH&S committee of a Canadian union organisation recommended the creation of a remembrance day for workers killed or injured on the job. By 1991 the Canadian government passed legislation declaring each April 28 "a day of remembrance for workers killed or injured at work." Recognition of this "Workers Memorial Day" spread, and it was adopted internationally in 1996. Now the day is marked in countries all around the world.

Since 1997, the Australian union movement has observed the day with commemorative events organised by the state and territory trades and labour councils.

The day highlights the preventable nature of the majority of workplace accidents and ill health and promotes campaigns and union organisation in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. The slogan for the day is Mourn the dead, fight for the living.

 
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