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NUJ welcomes BBC statement for Workers' Memorial Day

27 April 2010

Journalists at the BBC have welcomed the endorsement by the corporation of Workers' Memorial Day when workers across the world remember each 28 April those killed or injured through work.

The theme this year for International Workers' Memorial Day was Unions Make Work Safer and the day is officially recognized by the UK government for the first time. The TUC urged workers to mark Workers' Memorial Day by observing a minute's silence at noon today.

A statement from BBC management said:

"Everyone deserves to have their safety and health protected at work and Workers' Memorial Day is a day to promote improvements across the globe. All the evidence shows that good 'worker involvement' is essential to achieving safe, healthy workplaces. That means a two-way process of talking, listening, raising concerns, finding solutions and making decisions together.
"At the BBC we believe good health and safety is everyone's responsibility. Please take a moment to think about those who have lost their lives through their work and to think about what you can do to protect yourself, your workers and your colleagues."

The BBC has a memorial to those killed while working for its services. The BBC statement was welcomed by journalists and other broadcasting workers.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:

"This is a fine example, which ought to be followed by employers across the media industries and elsewhere.
"Safety at work is everybody's business, and employers have a particular responsibility to create a safe environment for their employees. As a major public service employer, the BBC is giving a lead which managements in publishing and broadcasting should emulate.
"More people are killed at work across the world each year than die in wars, mainly in workplaces where employers reckon that safety isn't really that important. This is one area where trade unions and responsible employers can co-operate in everyone's interest." 

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