Martin Whitfield MSP has backed a Holyrood motion marking this year’s International Workers Memorial Day.

The motion commemorates International Workers Memorial Day, which takes place every year on 28th April, which began in 1984 as a national day of mourning for workers who tragically did not return from their work.

It goes on to highlight the work of Scottish Hazards, the health and safety champion for workers who are not yet unionised and their families, on the work it has undertaken with the STUC and others to establish the commemoration of this day across all 32 local authority areas.

This year 19 ceremonies are taking place across Scotland, with one organised in the South Scotland region in Kilmarnock on Saturday 29th April at 10:45am at the Memorial Tree, Dean Country Park.

Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“I’m pleased to add my support to this motion marking International Workers Memorial Day. It is really important to both remember all of the workers who lose their lives in the workplace and to learn from every tragic death to help ensure workplaces become safer in the future.

“I commend Scottish Hazards, the STUC and all the other organisations involved in commemorating the day and wish everyone participating in this year’s events every success with them.”

Details of all of this year’s IWMD events can be found at