Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union


Health and safety

Health and safety

“We must never accept that injury, illness, or death is the cost of doing business. 

- Paul Bastian, AMWU National Secretary


28 April 2018

International Workers' Memorial Day 

It's the day that we remember and mourn for the dead, and fight for the living.

We must continue our fight to ensure that workers health and safety at work are protected.

Every death is preventable. 

Did you know, as at 6 April, there have been 33 Australian workers killed at work in 2018 and that manufacturing has the highest rate of injury/illness of any industry group.  

According to the ABS, 1 in 25 workers are injured at work every year. 82,000 persons employed in Manufacturing reported an injury or illness.

See below for a full list of events held around the country.

*Please note some States are holding their event on Friday 27th April.

Adelaide South Australia 

10am Saturday, 28 April 

Pilgrim Uniting Church,

12 Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Brisbane, Queensland

10am Friday, 27 April 

Emma Miller Place

Roma Street, Brisbane


Gold Coast - Queenslan

11am Friday, 27 April

Pratten Park

Old Burleigh Road


Perth - WA

10am Friday, 27 April

Solidarity Park

Harvest Terrace,

West Perth WA 6005

Speeches and a service conducted by Father Chris Bedding.

Sydney - NSW

11:45am Saturday, 28 April 

Reflection Park

Little Pier Street

Darling Harbour

Families and friends are invited to join us for a light lunch after the service in Trades Hall, 4 Goulburn St, Sydney.

Newcastle - NSW

12pm Saturday, 28 April 

Memorial Stone Wharf Rd

Newcastle Foreshore

Blacktown - NSW

10:00am Saturday, 28 April

Blacktown Showground, Richmond Road


Ourimbah - NSW

11:45am Saturday, 28 April 

Remembrance Wall,

8 Chittaway Road,


Melbourne - Victoria

10.30am Friday, 27 April

Trades Hall, 

Lygon street 


Morwell - Victoria

11am Friday, 27 April

Centenary Rose Garden

Commercial Rod


Wodonga - Victoria

11:00am Saturday, 28 April

Sumsion Gardens

(off Church St) 


Hobart - Tasmania

12pm Saturday, 28 April

Parliament Lawns 


Launceston - Tasmania

8:00am Saturday, 28 April

Workers' Memorial Park,

Elizabeth Gardens


A BBQ breakfast will follow the service. To assist with catering, please RSVP to

Hearing loss is 100% Preventable but 100% Irreversible:  

Did you know that nearly one in five workers will suffer hearing loss over the course of their working life -- join the AMWU campaign to lower the noise levels in our workplaces. 

If you are concerned or unsure about the noise levels at your workstation, or in your workplace, talk to your HSR immediately.

Injured or ill: Knowing what to do when you are injured can be confusing -- here is our advice in English - in Mandarin - in Vietnamese


AMWU HSRs and Deputies can sign up to our FaceBook page -- AMWU Health and Safety Reps. 


A mobile phone app called ACM Check (short for “Asbestos-Containing Material Check”) has been developed by researchers at Curtin University in WA. The app  aims to raise awareness about asbestos in residential settings. ACM Check  is available for free from the App Store [click here] and Google Play [click here]. Check it out - and share it. 

If you wish to register your exposure to asbestos - at home or at work - you can register with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency



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