SNP MSP Stuart McMillan took part in a wreath laying ceremony today remembering those who have been killed or injured at work, as part of International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2017.
The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP was joined at the ceremony at Clyde Square by local MP Ronnie Cowan, as well as a number of Inverclyde Councillors and officials.
This year’s theme of tackling inequalities in occupational health aims to raise awareness of poor health and safety in precarious employment and the so-called gig economy.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“All work carries risk, and around the world, one worker dies every 15 seconds. These numbers are unfortunately comparable to those relating to diabetes, Alzheimer’s and lung and throat cancers. And yet, workplace deaths and injuries are more preventable than any of these conditions.
“It is important that we look at tackling the next big risks to well-being for workers in Western Europe – tackling inequalities, exploitative zero hours type contracts and the so-called “gig” economy where we see a shift to piecemeal working. Whereas a decade ago self-employed workers earned, on average, 28% less than those in employment, they now earn 40% less.
“On International Workers’ Memorial Day, we should remember the sacrifices of those who have died just doing their job – those miners and power plant workers whose lives ended without warning.
“The 21st century will offer new challenges for safety and well-being, and with strong cooperation between government, industry and the unions, we will remember the dead, and continue to fight for the living.”