The Workers' Memorial Day, also known as International Workers' Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured takes place on April 28, 2017. It is an international day of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. The day is celebrated annually.
Workers' Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1984. The Canadian Labor Congress declared an annual day of remembrance on April 28, 1985, which is the anniversary of a comprehensive Workers Compensation Act passed in 1914. In Canada the day is known as Day of Mourning: In December 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, so that on April 28, 1991, it was officially the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace; making April 28, an official Workers' Mourning Day.
Workers' Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill health and to promote campaigns and union organization in the fight for improvements in workplace safety. The slogan for the day is "Remember the dead – Fight for the living". Although the April 28 is used as the focal point for remembrance and a day of International solidarity; campaigning and other related activities continue throughout the year right around the world. (With material from: Wikipedia)