Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 25, 2008 10:30 ET

Media Advisory - Canadian Labour Congress: Barbara Byers Joins Workers in Vancouver to Mark the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job

VANCOUVER/BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress will be in the Lower Mainland 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 planned for 7:30 a.m. in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery along with representatives of the families of workers whose lives were lost. She then travels to Burnaby City Hall for noon-hour ceremonies to join with Members of Parliament and the BC Legislature, the Mayor, the President of the BC Federation, and others.

Byers will be available to media immediately after each 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: Lower Mainland Day of Mourning ceremonies

WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2008

WHERE: 7:30 a.m.: Vancouver Art Gallery
(on Georgia St., between Howe and Hornby)
12:00 noon: Burnaby City Hall (4949 Canada Way)

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
    Ron Stipp (Vancouver)
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Jeff Atkinson (Ottawa)