On 28 April each year, countries around the world pause to commemorate workers who have died as a result of a workplace incident or occupational disease. Each year, Unions NSW and SafeWork NSW hold a service on the day to honour and remember those who lost their life at work. IEU representatives attended International Day of Mourning ceremonies throughout NSW and ACT.
Paying respect at Remembrance Pool
Lubna Haddad and Keith Heggart attended the memorial ceremony at the Reflection Pool in Blacktown showground, joining with other IEU members and representatives from various unions, including the CFMEU, HSU and RTBU. Participating in the ceremony were four Blacktown councillors as well as representatives from a number of construction companies.
Blacktown Mayor Stephen Bali, spoke about the role of unions in ensuring workplaces are kept safe, Mark Morey Secretary Unions NSW highlighted the importance of taking into account mental, as well as physical health. Rebel Hanlon from the CMFEU spoke in a heart felt way about safety specific to the construction industry.
Towards the end of the ceremony, participants lay wreaths, flowers and remembrance cards at the edge of the Reflection Pool.