Calls for stricter penalties on worker’s memorial day

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The 28th April is International Day of Mourning, also known as International Workers’ Memorial Day. A time for people to pause to commemorate workers who have died as a result of a workplace incident or occupational disease. It is also a time that highlights the lack of consistent national Industrial Manslaughter laws.

Australians are lucky to boast strong rights in most workplaces, however this doesn’t make us exempt from work-related deaths. Over the past three years, close to 600 workers have died in Australia. These deaths occur predominately in three industries; ‘Transport, postal & warehousing’, ‘Agriculture, forestry & fishing’ and ‘Construction’.

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