Through out the world April 28th is marked as Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have died from work and labor injuries. This memorial day traces it’sorigins to the Canadian National Day of Mourning. The significance of the 28th of April in Canada goes back to 1914 when the Workers Compensation Act received it’s third reading, in 1984 the Canadian Labor Congress declared the National Day of Mourning and in 1990 it became an official national observance by Parliament. In the same year that Canada official recognized the observance the AFL-CIO also adapted the day as an observance day.
In 1996 the United Nations made the day a truly international day by lighting the Commemorative Candle and Incense for workers who had been killed, injured or became ill due to the work place. With theinspiration of the tragedy of the Kader toy factor fire they choose “Day of the Workplace”. In 2005 the process of marking the 28th of April as an official day of observation was started within the United Nations.
At present many countries through out the world mark the 28th of April including Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Dominican, Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, French, Polynesia, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya,Kosovo , Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, San,Marino , Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South, Africa, South, Korea, Sweden, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United, Kingdom, Uruguay, United States of America, Venezuela, Yemen, and, Zimbabwe.