East Renfrewshire Council held a commemorative outdoor event last week to recognise Workers’ Memorial Day.

Taking place internationally on April 28 each year, it remembers those who have lost their lives at work or whilst employed, as well as those who have suffered injury, illness or disease through their employment.

Guests including elected members, trade union representatives and emergency services personnel were welcomed to the council's headquarters in Giffnock by Provost Mary Montague, who told the Barrhead News: “Workers’ Memorial Day is an incredibly important event.

“Tragedies at work have affected the lives of so many people across East Renfrewshire and the purpose of today’s ceremony is to remember their sacrifices, take time to reflect and also ensure that adequate protections are in place so that everyone who goes to work also goes home safely to their families at the end of the working day.”

At the ceremony, a flag was lowered to half-mast by John Guidi from the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association. 

Guests took part in a two-minute silence to remember the workers who have lost their lives in East Renfrewshire, or are from the local area, and those who have been affected by tragic events which have shaped history.

Wreaths were then laid by Provost Montague, Karen Catlow from union Unison and Kirsten Muat from union GMB, with Piper Danny Hutcheson providing a fitting backdrop throughout the event.

“The council recognises the importance of this day, to not only remember lives lost at work, but also to raise awareness of health and safety at work and the key role that trade unions have,” added Provost Montague.

“By taking this time to express our condolences, reflect and pay tribute, we also think about the devastating impact the loss of life has on the family, friends and work colleagues they leave behind."