Yesterday saw the third Worker's Memorial Day event in North Lincolnshire. I was originally involved in trying to set the event up and tried to steer it away from looking like a civic event. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful and the event has now become too official with invites being sent out. This can lead to people feeling they are not wanted and it would be better if the Trade Unions could get together and organise this important day in a way that focuses on the families of the bereaved.
In fact it was noticeable yesterday that the families had very little presence and this has to improve as this day should be for them.
I am not unduly criticising the council for any of this and I would hope they would listen to any constructive suggestions. In fact without the involvement of Cllr Len Foster the whole event in North Lincolnshire may never have got off the ground.
On March 8th this year representatives of 6 trade unions got together for a meeting with MP Nic Dakin to discuss the economic climate and various other political issues. If we can do that we should be capable of getting the same group together to thrash out a plan to put to the council on how to make Worker's Memorial Day a success.
We should look towards:
- more involvement of the families of the bereaved
- ensure the event takes place on April 28th
- ensure the families are the centre of the event with them laying their wreaths first
- ensure there is a speaker who will focus on the important health and safety issues
- use the event to promote better health and safety
- set up a fund from donations to use if the families are facing hardship