Unions urge government to observe minute’s silence for fallen workers

Public sector unions have asked the government to formally recognise a one-minute silence for the health and care workers who have died from Covid-19.

27 Apr 2020| News

Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives wrote to the government asking for its backing, but no offical support has been announced.

The unions will hold their remembrance tomorrow (28 April) to coincide with International Workers’ Memorial Day. They are supported by the TUC, USDAW and the NASUWT.

General Secretary of Unison, Dave Prentis, said: “Health and social care workers on the frontline across the country are losing their lives to Coronavirus. This is a tragedy for their families, friends, colleagues and for the nation.”

“We would like the government to endorse this tribute formally and publicly. This is in order that our entire country can take a moment to honour the selfless workers who have been taken from us too soon in protecting our citizens and caring for others.”

The minute’s silence will be held at 11am on Tuesday 28 April and all residents of the UK are invited to join in the memorial.