International Workers’ Memorial Day

Published: Monday, 27th April 2020

We are coming together with local Trade Unions to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on Tuesday 28 April.

Chief Executive Tracey Logan

“We are encouraging all our staff members to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day by joining in the national one minute silence at 11am on Tuesday.

“This day is particularly poignant this year due to the loss of so many key workers across the country in the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19), including here in the Scottish Borders.

“Every day the Council has staff on the frontline, delivering care, vital services and supporting our most vulnerable residents. I would once again like to put on record my thanks and appreciation for all they are doing and reassure them, and their families, that we will continue to provide all necessary personal protective equipment and wider support.”

The Joint Trades Unions Regional Officers, joint statement

“This is a moment we can join together to remember fellow workers who’ve lost their lives and put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe and vital services running.

“Every year the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised on International Workers’ Memorial Day, but this year has a special significance because of the pandemic.

“The minute’s silence is a thank you to all the workers including those that deliver essential public services who’ve died from this devastating virus.

“Thousands of key staff are on the frontline while the rest of us are in lockdown. That’s why we are issuing this call for our members to take part and remember the sacrifices they’ve made.”