Ceremony in tribute to tragic workers

Workers Memorial Day
Workers Memorial Day

All those who have died in the course of their work have been remembered in a special ceremony as part of a worldwide event.

Employees and elected members from East Dunbartonshire Council joined trade union colleagues and community planning partners and residents to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day recently.

A 40-strong crowd gathered at a memorial cairn erected in Bishopbriggs to mark the Cadder Pit Disaster of 1913, on August 3, when 22 miners tragically lost their lives.

The disaster happened when a fire broke out on a Sunday afternoon, causing the workers to be overcome by smoke and fumes.

International Workers’ Memorial Day is held on April 28 every year to remember those who have lost their lives at work.

Events and activities take place across the world to mark the day.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie opened the East Dunbartonshire event by reading a poem, ‘The Plan’ by Sue Waltz.

Councillor Geekie said: “It’s important on occasions like International Workers’ Memorial Day to reflect on the changes that have been made to increase workplace safety, while taking time to remember the people who have lost their lives or been seriously injured while at work.

“As East Dunbartonshire’s largest employer we are proud to be part of such a poignant, worldwide event - reflecting our commitment to ensuring safety at work at all times.”

The event was attended and led by East Dunbartonshire’s Trade Unions.

John Duffy, the convener at Unite, said: “On behalf of the Trade Unions I would like to thank everyone who came along to the dignified and thought-provoking service.

“This is the second year that the ceremony has been held and I’m pleased it has become an annual event to remember those who have been seriously injured or lost their lives at work.”

A minute’s silence was held at the cairn as part of the ceremony.

Meanwhile the union flag flew at half-mast at the council’s headquarters at Southbank Marina, in Kirkintilloch, to mark the event.