Workers’ Memorial Day Events and Theme Globally in 2022

Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day is celebrated every year on 28th April. It is also commonly called International Workers’ Memorial Day. This day is celebrated internationally to remember all the workers who got injured, disabled, killed while working. Do you know? This day is celebrated in Canada as the National Day of Mourning.

Do you know that this day is also celebrated to highlight all the opportunities that can save workers from getting into accidents? Usually, this day brings so many ideas worldwide about the preventable nature of all workplace incidents and ill health. Along with this, many campaigns and organizations are organized to fight for possible improvements in the workplace for safety.

AFL-CIO declared 28th April as workers Memorial Day in 1989 honour all the workers that got killed and injured during the work in their workplace. This day is celebrated with pride and glory to bring changes that could save workers from different challenges. For example, occupational safety and health administration were formed on 28th April 1971, whereas it came into effect in 1970.


The Canadian Union Of Public Employees recognized this day in 1984. In 1985, the Canadian Labour Congress established an annual day of remembrance on 28th April, the anniversary of a comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Act in 1914. The Act recognizing a National Day of Mourning for those murdered or wounded in the workplace was approved by the Canadian government in 1991, creating 28th April an official Workers’ Mourning Day.

Workers’ Memorial Day celebrations have been held in North America and worldwide. Trade unions in North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa have held activities on 28th April since 1989. In 1992, ‘Remember the Dead: Fight for the Living” was an actual term that was celebrated as Workers’ Memorial Day. The late Hazards Campaigner Tommy Harte brought this day to the UK. The Hazards Campaign spreader the campaign for Workers’ Memorial Day in the United Kingdom, which was accepted by Scotland’s TUC in 1993, the TUC in 1999, and the Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive in 2000.

The actual celebration started in 1996 when all the annual themes were made for workers’ Memorial Day. In addition, there was an increased awareness about AIDS/HIV in 2006. In 2006, there was also a theme called union workplaces: safer workplaces that had a target to make a solid move to create a global ban on asbestos. Do you know? The United Nations recognized this day in 2001. It was all done to acknowledge all the hard work and scarification of workers. Later in 2002, the UN declared 28th April an official day in the UN system.

Worldwide Celebration

Employees’ Memorial Day has become a worldwide day of memory for workers who died in workplace accidents or occupational illnesses. Therefore, activities are held worldwide every year on 28th April. Some of these examples also include active events and campaigning on workplace awareness. In addition, all the public events also took place like multi-faith religious services, speeches, planting trees, balloon releases laying wreaths, raising all the public awareness, and laying empty shoes to symbolize the people who died at work.

The organization dedicated the welfare of garment workers to honour victims of the Rana Plaza Building collapse, Bangladesh. Thus they have urged that 24th April be designated as Labour Safety Day in Bangladesh. In addition, the 2011 World Day for Workplace Safety and Health focuses on installing an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) as a tool for continuous improvement in workplace incident and accident prevention. This day is dedicated to making changes in the working sector and avoiding all the accidents in the workplace.

All Events: 2022 Events Calendar

Fun Fact:

What is Workers Memorial Day Called?

The Workers Memorial Day is also called International Workers Day or International Commemoration Day for Dead & Injured.

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