North Yorkshire County Council workers pause to remember lost colleagues

Council workers across North Yorkshire paused for a minute silence yesterday, on International Workers’ Memorial Day, to remember workers who have lost their lives at work.

By Duncan Atkins
Thursday, 30th April 2020, 10:51 am
Wendy Nichols, UNISON Branch Secretary, and Richard Flinton, NYCC Chief Executive, with NYCC staff observing the minute silence at County Hall while observing social distancing requirements.
Wendy Nichols, UNISON Branch Secretary, and Richard Flinton, NYCC Chief Executive, with NYCC staff observing the minute silence at County Hall while observing social distancing requirements.

Every year, UNISON members and trade unionists around the world mark International Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28 , committing themselves to “remember the dead and fight for the living”.

This year, there was a particular focus on workers in the UK and across the world who have died from the Coronavirus while working on the frontline across public services.

In Northallerton, at County Hall, the local UNISON Branch Secretary Wendy Nichols, joined with North Yorkshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Richard Flinton, to mark the silence with other council workers while maintain social distancing requirements.

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Wendy Nichols said: “The country observed a minute's silence on Tuesday April 28 at 11am on International Workers’ Memorial Day, an event that has taken place for many years to remember all those workers who have lost their lives carrying out their work.

“This year was even more poignant as the country battles Covid-19.

"Our thoughts are with all those Key Workers who have lost their lives.

"The silence is a simple show of respect for those who have paid the very highest price, and to show solidarity with their loved ones.

"We hope that their loved ones will know the huge level of gratitude we feel as a nation and take some comfort from that.

“UNISON led the way in calling for a national silence this year, along with our colleagues in the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing.

"We felt that this year, in particular, it was important to bring the country together to remember especially our public service workers who have sadly died on the frontline fighting the virus.”

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