TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
‘This special day commemorates the many thousands of people who have died as a result of their work and we’re pleased the Government has taken the step of recognising it.
‘Workers’ Memorial Day has been an important date in the trade union calendar for many years and we look forward to working with ministers to increase its profile.’
Workers’ Memorial Day is when workers around the world remember the dead and campaign for improved workplace safety to protect the living. To mark the day this year, the TUC is calling for a minute’s silence in workplaces up and down the country at noon on Wednesday 28 April.