Coming together for May Day and Workers' Memorial Day

This year it's been harder to come together on International Workers' Day and International Workers' Memorial Day. But there are still ways to mark the dates and remember, celebrate and commemorate fellow workers. 

Members of Sheffield General branch marked Worker's Memorial Day on 28 April with a socially distanced event, laying a wreath for our members who have died from Covid 19 in the past year. Read more about the event below. 

You can also join Equity member Maxine Peake for an online rally to mark 1 May, celebrating trade union victories over the past year and plan for the future. Sign up on Zoom

Remembering Equity members who have died from Covid 19

Equity members who have died over the past year from Covid 19 were remembered at a memorial event to mark International Workers' Memorial Day. Sheffield General Branch members laid a wreath in their memory at the memorial tree in front of Sheffield Town Hall on 28 April 2021.

Equity members lay a wreath

A small socially distant audience observed a minute's silence and also held a short, silent protest.

Branch members Kate Rutter and Dave McClelland attended on behalf of the branch, accompanied by North East and Yorkshire organiser Dominic Bascombe.

The event brought together a number of trade unions and campaigning groups to mark the internationally recognised day of remembrance.

This year’s event was under the theme ‘Health and Safety is a fundament workers’ right. The Covid 19 pandemic exposed serious gaps in occupational health protection, with many workers denied basic health and safety protection including proper and full consultations with unions.

International Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world and is officially recognised by the UK Government.

We remember those we have lost. We organise in their memory.

Join Equity member Maxine Peake at the International Workers’ Day rally

Saturday 1 May, 11am-12.30pm

1 May is International Workers’ Day – or May Day. Equity member Maxine Peake will be speaking at an online rally organised by the Institute for Employment Rights. Join the event to celebrate trade union victories and organising for the future.

Sign up for the event on zoom