Comfort the Pain and Save the Labors
Build the National Monument for Injured Workers
28th of April is the International Worker's Memorial Day when over 70 countries over the world memorialize workers injured or killed at work. In 1986, Canada made the first legislation to put 28th of April to be the National Worker's Memorial Day, than along with the UN Labor Congress, Legislative of Spain, and Congress of Thailand. TAVOI and Committee for Action for Labor Legislation (CALL) contributed to a joint action to build a national monument for injured workers since 1993. With the effort of the families of the worker that had killed at work and union executives, they joint 28th of April international action of ICFTU every year since the 28th of April 1999 and requested to put 28th of April to be the National Worker's Memorial Day. At the year of 2001, TAVOI and CALL completed the seven-year process of legislation of "Injured Workers Protection Act", and made Taiwan the 4th nation that legally put 28th of April to be the National Worker's Memorial Day!
A Memo of Putting Forward
★ In 1993, on the annual autumn parade of Taiwan workers, TAVOI and CALL made
a manifesto of "Workers' Injury is Wound of the Nation ". They held
a ceremony in memoriam in public at the Ta-an Park and ask to build a national
monument for injured workers.
★ In 1997, an explosion occurred in Yung-Hsin, Lu Chu caused 10 died and 49 injured. They requested to preserve the site and officially claim the building of a monument of injured workers to CLA and then held a ceremony of founding monument at the autumn parade at the year.
★ In 1998, after two years of organizing workers suffering from tunnel disease during TRTC construction and protesting, they worked out to set up a monument at the entrance of a station for the first time.
★ In 1999, on the 28th of April, TAVOI contacted ICFTU and held a memorial ceremony on the day, being the first time to join the international movement. They officially claimed the request to put 28th of April to be the National Worker's Memorial Day to the Administrative Yuan of Taiwan. In the same year they cooperated with Taipei city hall to hold the first spring solemnity of injured workers in Taipei.
★ In 2000, CALL and TAVOI established "Board of Setting the National Monument for Injured Workers", and motivated organizations of labor, feminine issues, academic, religion and medication to comake "The Manifesto to set up the monument". Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou promised to set up a monument of injured workers at the square in front of the presidency and to put the 28th of April to be the Day of Taipei Worker's Safety and Health. TAVOI gathered families of workers killed at work to hold a concert named "Comfort the Pain and Save the Labors". The families took their steps onto the national concert hall.
★ In 2001, the theme of the 28th of April is to be "the Dark Crisis of Green Silicon Island, Taiwan". The theme concentrated in the case that the factory set up by US company RCA made over thousand female workers suffer from occupational disease, with an international cosign operation, is attempted to emphasize the organic toxic problem in the electronic industry.
★ At the 28th of April in 2002, the "Injured Workers Protection Act" that took over seven years of the effort of CALL and TAVOI was finally legislated, and would be officially issued at the 28th of April. The content of the act obviously notes that the 28th of April to be the national memorial day of injured workers, and the monument of the injured workers should be set up. The power of workers' legislative action worked out for the day, and will continue to put forward the promotion of the act and to set up a national monument.