A minute’s silence was held at a Workers’ Memorial Day event in Corby to remember those who have died in the workplace.
The event, held at the Cube on Saturday (April 27), was organised by the GMB Northants Community branch.
Speakers included the union’s community branch secretary Gordon Glassford, Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford and Peter Weston of Unison.
More than 100 people attended, including Corby mayor Mohammed Rahman and Corby Council leader Tom Beattie.
Young musicians from Youth Brass 2000 played at the event and a cheque for £1,130 was presented to the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund from the GMB and other trade unions in the Corby area.
Alida Coates, of the research fund, said: “We are very grateful for this support. I have been invited to the Workers’ Memorial Day event in Corby for the past eight years and in that time we have received more than £10,000 in donations from trade union members in the area. It’s a marvellous contribution to the charity’s work.”
The research fund was set up in 1997 and it is the UK’s first and largest independent mesothelioma charity, raising money for research into the diagnosis and treatment of people with the disease.
Mr Weston said: “Workers’ rights are under attack. It is vital that we fight to defend their rights and the health and safety laws which protect workers.”