A special place to remember those who never came home from work

NEVER FORGOTTEN: Waihopai Runaka member Peggy Peek lays flowers at a ceremony to unveil a Workers’ Memorial Stone outside the Invercargill City Council building
NEVER FORGOTTEN: Waihopai Runaka member Peggy Peek lays flowers at a ceremony to unveil a Workers’ Memorial Stone outside the Invercargill City Council building

A memorial stone to remember those who never returned home from work has been unveiled in Invercargill.

About 50 people attended the ceremony to unveil the stone outside the Invercargill City Council building yesterday, which was International Workers' Memorial Day.

The memorial says: "This memorial is in remembrance of Southland workplace deaths and of the 6000 workers internationally who die every day as a result of workplace accidents or workplace illnesses. Mourn for the dead and fight for the living."

Crafted from Omaui rock, the memorial was a project initiated by the Southland branch of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions with support from the Invercargill City Council.

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions spokesman Wayne Butson said 51 New Zealanders died doing their jobs in 2013.

Unions Southland convenor Anna Huffstutler said the site would be a special place for families and workers to come together and remember those who never came home from work.

"We will also remember those disabled, or debilitated by workplace illnesses.

"We intend to gather every year on International Workers' Memorial Day to remember the unacceptable toll and to affirm the need to work together for better workplace conditions and practises to help one day achieve zero workplace deaths." 

 

The Southland Times