Minute's silence to remember workers who have died during pandemic

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Annual memorial has extra poignant meaning this year

Fifers are being called on to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day with a minute’s silence.

It takes place on Tuesday, April 28 at 11:00am.

The call comes from Fife Trades Union Council as part of this year’s theme of “Remember the dead, fight for the living.”

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Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy International Workers' Memorial Day (Pic: George McLuskie)Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy International Workers' Memorial Day (Pic: George McLuskie)
Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy International Workers' Memorial Day (Pic: George McLuskie) | JPIMedia Resell

Organisers say it has special meaning during the current coronavirus lockdown.

They want people to stand in silence to honour the workers who have died during the pandemic.

Tam Kirby who chairs Fife TUC, said: “It is a thank-you to all the workers, including, bus drivers, retail workers, local government, nurses, midwives, cleaners, doctors and care staff, who have died from this devastating virus.”

Organisers plan to lay a wreath as normal at the memorial in Beveridge Park.

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International Workers Memorial Day is commemorated every year, to acknowledge the sacrifice of workers around the world.

Added Tam: “The overarching theme for the commemoration is “Remember the dead, fight for the living” This year has a special significance because of the pandemic due to the numbers of frontline workers who have lost their lives.

He added: “We must fight for the living. Even now there are far too many people going to work without the required PPE.

“The Government as a matter of urgency need to get on top of this situation, as workers are still being putting their lives at risk, by working without the proper protection.”

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