SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

April 28, 2005 09:00 ET

20 YEARS LATER THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES

Hundreds killed, tens of thousands injured every year on the job Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 28, 2005) - Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Canada will participate in a minute of silence in their workplaces to remember workers killed and injured on the job during the National Day of Mourning on April 28.

"Many workers in Canada put their lives on the line very single day," says Sharleen Stewart, Canadian International Vice President for SEIU. "Our governments need to protect the working people of this country by updating archaic regulations and enforcing health and safety legislation. Going to work shouldn't kill you."

From 1993 to 2002, over 8,000 workers lost their lives on the job and nearly one million have been injured.

"This is completely unacceptable," says Stewart. "How can governments and the business community ignore the terrible pain and suffering injuries inflict on workers and their families?"

One example where Stewarts says governments can act immediately to save lives is by preventing injuries from needles and medical sharps devices.

SEIU estimates that 70,000 workers across Canada suffer these injuries every year, which put them at risk of contracting as many as 33 serious and even fatal blood-borne infections, such as Hepatitis B, C and HIV.

"April 28 is a day to remember those killed and injured on the job," she says. "On April 29, and throughout the rest of the year, SEIU members will continue fighting for stronger contract language and legislation that will decrease injuries and deaths on the job.

"Our members will do this because they know that every Canadian should have the right to a healthy and safe work environment," she adds.

SEIU Canada represents 93,000 workers across the country.
IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Carl Mavromichalis, National Communications Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 416-951-4905
    Secondary Phone: 416-447-2311 ext. 243
    E-mail: mavromichalisc@seiu.ca