An annual service to acknowledge the sacrifice of workers around the world will be held in Fife – albeit in a slightly different way due to coronavirus restrictions.
International Workers Memorial Day is commemorated every year with the overarching theme of “remember the dead, fight for the living”. Dignitaries gather to pay their respects at a memorial in Kirkcaldy’s Beveridge Park.
Ceremony organisers say they still plan to lay a wreath as normal on April 28 but have called for people to take part in a minute’s silence at 11am for frontline workers who have died during the pandemic.
Tam Kirby, chair of the Fife Trades Union Council, said: “Trade unions are calling for a minute’s silence as a thank you to all the workers, including bus drivers, retail workers, local government, nurses, midwives, cleaners, doctors and care staff, who’ve died from this devastating virus.”
Mr Kirby 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.”