BARNSLEY Trades Union Council will be marking Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday - with the town’s MPs on hand to deliver speeches on the day.

There will be a short memorial rally on the town hall steps at 12noon.

The event will be opened by Mayor of Barnsley Coun Mick Stowe, with local MPs Stephanie Peacock and Dan Jarvis attending making short speeches along with local trade unionists.

The speeches will be followed by the traditional laying of wreaths at the Workers’ Memorial Day plaque in the town hall gardens.

It marks the deaths of those who have died at work over the last year.

BTUC secretary George Arthur said: “Our trades council is proud that we have marked Workers’ Memorial Day every year, even during the pandemic, for decades.

“There is a theme every year and this year’s is the impacts of climate change on occupational health and safety.

“Last year was the hottest year on record.

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“Deaths at work were caused by heat stress, UV radiation along with industrial accidents.

“Trade unions want a world that is more safe to live and work in - every year we remember the dead and fight for the living.”