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[28 APR 99] CHRISTINE ODDY PRESS RELEASE
Oddy Marks Workers' Memorial Day

A new plaque dedicated to remembering the victims of industrial accidents will be unveiled by Coventry and North Warwickshire Euro MP Christine Oddy on Wednesday 28 April at 12 noon in the Peace Garden, outside Mandela House, Priory Street, Coventry.

The workers, memorial tree and plaque used to be situated in Dresden Place but has been moved this year to its new setting in the Peace Garden. Christine Oddy planted the original tree and is contributing to the cost of the new commemorative plaque.

Christine Oddy stated:

"We have been marking workers' memorial day in Coventry for nearly ten years. It is always a sad occasion because about 500 people are killed in Britain every year at work and an estimated 20,000 die from work related diseases. This is without considering the many more thousands of workers who are permanently injured or disabled. More training needs to be given to workers and employers alike how to prevent accidents and more money needs to be found to restore the number of factory inspectors.

"I will also be remembering Tommy Harte, a well-known former fighter for workers, health and safety, who brought workers' memorial day to Britain from Canada. In his words 'remember the dead: fight for the living’."
 

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