Global Alliance on Healthy and Safe Workplaces Campaign

        Dear BWI Affiliates,

        Call to action for International Workers Memorial Day: 28 April 2021

        The Building and Woodworkers International (BWI) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) are jointly commemorating the International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April 2021 under the theme "Health and Safety is our right." Join us as we campaign for the recognition of occupational health and safety as a fundamental right. 

        Take action on the Global Alliance on Healthy and Safe Workplaces Campaign

        Join our Global Alliance on Healthy and Safe Workplaces Campaign to negotiate with employers in workplaces that you organise to sign a declaration jointly with you recognising the importance of healthy and safe workplaces. Information on the campaign has already been sent to all affiliates with a template letter to employers as well as the declaration. You can also download them here.

        Please take photos of the declaration-signing with employers while practicing social distancing and/or wearing masks. You may also make a short video, no longer than one minute of the declaration or declarations that have been signed by your union with employers. Please send these together with a scanned copy of the signed declaration by email to EFBWW (rgehring(at) and/or BWI (aisha.bahadur(at)

        Memorial for those that have lost their lives

        BWI is gathering information on workers who lost their lives at work, including those who succumbed to COVID-19. Work-related deaths could either be fatal workplace accidents or loss to occupational disease. All submitted names will be collated and honoured in a remembrance which we will publicize on 28 April.  Please contribute to this initiative by sending details here.

        Share local actions on IWMD 2021 with BWI

        Please download our IWMD posters. Send reports and photos of your actions to BWI. You can:

        • Take a selfie or a group photo, while observing health and safety protocols, with our campaign posters and post them on social media platforms with the campaign hashtag: #SaveLivesAtWork and #IWMD21
        • Print out the posters and post them at workplaces and other areas frequented by trade unionists and workers.
        • Use our IWMD materials for educational activities at workplaces.

        In solidarity, 

        Ambet Yuson

        BWI General Secretary 


        Be part of the global action to combat COVID-19 and 

        Join the Global Alliance on Healthy and Safe Workplaces Campaign!