Every year more people are killed at work than in wars. This is not due to tragic "accidents". Many died because an employer decided their safety just wasn't important. International Workers' Memorial Day commemorates those workers. Held on April 28 all over the world, workers and their representatives hold events to "remember the dead, but fight like hell for the living."
In 2016 the theme for the day was “Strong Laws – Strong enforcement – Strong Unions” because across the world we are seeing growing attacks on health and safety protection, including in Australia, where Liberal governments at both a state and federal level continue to water down health and safety regulations and strip away our protections including our right to fair and just workers compensation. This reckless strategy of empowering employers to cut safety corners at the expense of workers led to 190 deaths in Australia last year and hundreds of thousands more globally.
That's why it's important to have strong unions to ensure strong laws are made, maintained and enforced and so those employers who break those laws are brought to justice.