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Archbishop of York's prayer for International Workers' Memorial Day 2021

The Archbishop of York has today (Wednesday) joined with the TUC to mark International Workers Memorial Day, with a special video message dedicated to the memory of those who have died during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the families they leave behind.

The call comes as workers across Yorkshire and around the world prepare to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day in memory of those who have died or been injured or infected at work.

The TUC has asked Councils across Yorkshire to light up their civic buildings in purple to remember those who have died.

The TUC is also asking members of the public to observe a minute’s silence at midday. 

Official figures show that almost 13,000 people in Yorkshire & the Humber have died as a result of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Town halls lit purple, and the national minute’s silence for those who have died

Local councils in Rotherham, Hull, Calderdale, Leeds, York and Bradford have answered the TUC’s call to light their civic buildings purple as a special memorial this year to those who have died at work as a result of the pandemic.

Unions will also lead the national minute’s silence, held annually to remember those who have died at or because of unsafe workplaces, at the National Covid Memorial Wall in London at midday today.

The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York has offered a special message to the families of workers who have died, via the TUC Yorkshire & Humber website and social channels.

TUC Regional Secretary Bill Adams will lay a wreath at Sheffield Town Hall as part of Sheffield Trades Council’s socially distant memorial. He will be joined by Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Downing.

The TUC will also lay a wreath at the Workers’ Memorial on Victoria Square outside Leeds Library and Gallery.

Events to commemorate workers who have lost their lives over the past year will take place across the region.

Wherever you are at midday this International Workers’ Memorial Day, we invite you to join us in silence and solidarity.

Remember the dead. Fight for the living.


Original article link: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/archbishop-yorks-prayer-international-workers-memorial-day-2021

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