Workers Memorial Day is the day where working people join together to mourn New Zealand workers and workers throughout the world who are injured, diseased or killed on the job. In New Zealand one worker a week is killed on the job every week, and thousands more injured.
It’s ironic that parliament is currently debating a weakening of the right of workers to rest breaks, when evidence shows that without proper breaks, workers have a greater risk of accidents.
At the same time, the government has been cutting workplace health and safety programmes and reducing entitlements to ACC.
So, today is indeed a day to mourn for the dead, but fight for the living!