Since its origins in Canada in the 1980s, International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April has become a global occasion of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.
Globally, the International Labour Organisation estimates that 2.34 million people die each year from work-related accidents and diseases. From these fatalities, the majority or 2.02 million are from occupational and work-related diseases. Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives.
Workplace deaths in Australia are on the rise. In 2013 there were 17. Last year there were 28. But one death a year would be too many. Therefore safety must be our number one priority.
This is why we are commemorating all the workers who have been unnecessarily killed in workplaces around Australia and around the world.
There will be events around the country and Canberrans will commemorate the event at the Workers Memorial in King's Park.
Read more about the international day here.