For workers who have been killed or suffer work-related injury or disease.
Thousands expected at province-wide events to demand safe, healthy work
St. Thomas, April 25, 2019 - On April 28, workers, their families, labour leaders
and residents in St Thomas will join others at events in communities throughout
Ontario and across Canada to insist upon work that is both safe and healthy. Those
gathered will also mourn those workers injured, made ill or killed on the job because
of uncontrolled workplace hazards.
The annual toll of worker suffering should be reason enough to prevent further harm
to workers’ mental and physical health. Apparently, it is not. Workers and their
representatives have to insist upon it, each day of the year.
On April 28, we also remember the need for primary prevention. Alongside those fighting
for fair compensation, workers and their representatives continue to call for: strong
enforcement of existing laws which hold employers accountable for protecting workers
on the job; quality training which focuses on controlling workplace hazards, not
worker behaviours; and sufficient resources to achieve all of this.
These themes and more will be the focus of upcoming Day of Mourning events.
In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress, and its affiliated unions, established April
28 as the day to honour workers killed, injured or made ill. More than 100 countries
recognize the Day. Here in Ontario, Day of Mourning events will take place in close
to 50 Ontario communities and many more workplaces.
Local Event Information
Event Host(s): St. Thomas Labour Council
Location: Pinafore Park 95 Elm St. St Thomas
Date: April 28th
Time: 11am to 12 pm
Speakers: Mayor Joe Preston, Mayor Sally Marytn, Len Elliot OPSEU, Bill Todd
St Thomas Fire, Jessie Walker, USW, Chris Carpenter WHSC