Andy Gilchrist, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be planting a tree outside the Union’s Head Office in Coombe Road, Kingston Upon Thames, on Saturday 28th April at 11.00hrs in commemoration of International Workers Day.
On the 28th April each year, trade unions and health and safety campaigners in over a hundred countries focus on the issue of workers’ health and safety. Workers Memorial Day is a day when we "mourn for the dead, fight for the living", drawing attention to the plight of 335,000 workers worldwide who die every year as a result of their work, but also campaign to prevent further deaths, injuries and disease.
Andy Gilchrist said:
"The last decade of the last millennium saw 27 firefighters lose their lives at incidents. By any reckoning this is too high a price to have paid by any industry. Working in the fire service is not a hazardous occupation; it only becomes so when our safety is ignored. The Fire Brigades Union is planting a tree to mark this day and to remember all those workers who have lost their lives at work".