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Councillor Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council

Celebrating Our Key Workers on International Worker's Memorial Day

Tuesday, 28 April 2020


Today is International Worker’s Memorial Day – a moment to pause and think about those who have died doing their job, wherever they may be in the world. It’s a day that has taken on even more significance since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Across the world, tens of thousands of workers have fallen victim to the virus while many more have either already fallen ill or, through either a sense of duty or sheer necessity, continue to work despite the risks.

Tameside is no different. We’re all familiar with the incredible care that our NHS staff are providing to those most gravely affected by the pandemic, and so many of us have joined in the clapping at 8pm every Thursday evening in their name. But there are many other key workers who are also risking their health, and maybe even their lives, to keep vital services running during these most difficult of time.

Our social care workers are fighting to look after our elderly and vulnerable, often in care homes and in our communities where social distancing is not an option. Day after day, our bin men have helped to protect our public health by going out to collect the rubbish off Tameside’s streets. Huge numbers of our brave armed forces have been mobilised to support the NHS, tackle fake news and assist with construction and transportation.

I also want to take the opportunity to mention some of those key workers who may not have received as much attention, but whose efforts have been no less vital. These include the teachers and support staff that continue working in schools that remain open for the children of key workers and those with special educational needs. It includes many workers in both the public and private sectors who are responsible for the maintenance our critical infrastructure; oil, gas, electricity, water, sewage, roads and railways. It includes those involved in making, delivering or selling the food and other essential products that we still need to supply shops, supermarkets and family homes. Every day they come to work and do their jobs is another victory in the fight against this invisible foe.

It is in their names that we have come together with a number of other organisations, including the British Association of Social Workers, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives and trade unions, to hold a minute’s silence at 11am today. This commemorates those who continue to do vital jobs in the face of great risk, and those who have tragically died or lost loved ones to the pandemic. The flag at Dukinfield Town Hall is also being flown at half-mast in tribute.

To all those who have gone above and beyond to support the vulnerable, to keep critical services running and to preserve the fabric of our society over the past months, you have the undying gratitude of myself and every resident in Tameside. I pledge to do whatever I can to ensure that you get the support you need to do your jobs. Not just during this pandemic, but when the time comes to recover and rebuild as well. 

 

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