Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 25, 2008 11:00 ET

Media Advisory/Canadian Labour Congress: Barbara Byers Joins Workers in Kamloops to Mark the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed And Injured on the Job

KAMLOOPS, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress will be in Kamloops on Monday, April 28, for local ceremonies to mark the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job.

Byers will take part in ceremonies organized by the Kamloops and District Labour Council, which start at 6:00 p.m. at the Kamloops United Church.

Byers will be available to media immediately after the Day of Mourning ceremony.

Nearly a thousand - 976 - Canadians died as a result of workplace accidents and occupational illnesses in 2006, the second-highest number on record, despite Canada's reputation for having some of the strongest workplace health and safety laws. Byers says it's time those laws were properly enforced.

"Four lives lost every workday is four lost lives too many. Lives are not saved when governments simply adopt legislation then look the other way," says Byers.

WHO: Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President
of the Canadian Labour Congress

WHAT: Day of Mourning ceremonies

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2008

WHERE: Kamloops United Church (421 Paul Street)

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Orion Irvine
    (Vancouver/travelling with Byers)
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Jeff Atkinson