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Workers' Memorial Day

Issue No. 1900

HUNDREDS OF construction workers stopped work and joined a protest march along the Olympic Way to the new Wembley Stadium construction site on Wednesday of last week. They were joined by trade unionists and campaigners from around the country in this event to mark Workers' Memorial Day.

The march was headed by the family and friends of Patrick O'Sullivan, who was killed while working on the Wembley site. George Brumwell, general secretary of construction union Ucatt and Jack Dromey of the TGWU union were very critical of the government's failure to deliver on promised improvements to health and safety, particularly on new corporate killing laws.

Margaret O'Sullivan, Patrick's daughter, gave a brave and moving speech telling of their family's loss with horrific detail of the fatal incident that killed her father and the injustice they face.

Members of the crowd were moved to tears and cheered when she called for government action to stop this ever happening again. Tony O'Brien, secretary of the Construction Safety Campaign, gave a global perspective on Workers' Memorial Day saying there were dozens of events in the UK and thousands around the world.

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Sat 8 May 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1900
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