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Starmer backs unions' one-minute silence for health workers killed by coronavirus

LABOUR leader Keir Starmer is backing a call by three unions for a nationwide one-minute silence next week to commemorate health workers killed by coronavirus.

The minute’s silence planned for next Tuesday has been proposed by Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives.

It will coincide with International Workers’ Memorial Day, an annual event remembering those who have lost their lives for work-related reasons.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Every year, the sacrifice of workers around the world is recognised, but this year has a special significance because of the pandemic.

“The minute’s silence at 11am is a thank-you to all the workers, including nurses, midwives, cleaners and care staff, who’ve died from this devastating virus.”

Mr Starmer said: “Our key workers are literally putting their lives on the line in the fight against the coronavirus.

“They represent the best of us. That is why Labour wholeheartedly supports the call for a minute’s silence in honour of all those on the front line who have died from coronavirus.”

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