April 23, 2014 — On April 28, OSSTF/FEESO joins with unions across Canada to observe the National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed or injured on the job, or who have suffered serious or fatal illness due to work-related hazards.
The labour movement in Canada has worked for decades to enhance health and safety standards and regulations in Canadian workplaces. But thousands of workers continue to suffer workplace injuries and work-related illnesses every year, and in 2012 at least 979 Canadians died because of work-related injury or illness. Still, governments across Canada continue to be lenient with employers who disregard safety standards and fail to protect the health and safety of their workers.
Please join us on April 28 in mourning those who have lost their lives, and as we demand that employers who flout health and safety standards be held accountable for the countless workplace injuries and fatalities that occur every year in Canada.
For more information, please follow the links below for statements from the Canadian Labour Congress, and a detailed infographic about injuries and fatalities in Canadian workplaces. Please also find below information regarding Day of Mourning Activities in District 15, organized by District Labour Councils.
The North Simcoe Muskoka and District Labour Council will be holding the Workers Day of Mourning Ceremony at the Bracebridge Sportsplex (110 Clearbrook Trail, Bracebridge) at the Day of Mourning Memorial Bench at noon on Monday April 28, 2014. All are welcome. Download more information here.
The Lindsay and District Labour Council will be holding a Day of Mourning Ceremony on Sunday April 27, 2014 at 12:30pm in Victoria Park, Lindsay, with guest speaker Nancy Hutchinson, Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour. All are welcome to attend, and are invited to lay a wreath in memory of a worker. The ceremony will be followed by lunch in Victoria Park.