Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 25, 2008 10:30 ET

Media Advisory - Canadian Labour Congress: Ken Georgetti Joins Workers in Ottawa to Mark the 2008 National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress will be in Ottawa this Monday, April 28, to participate in local ceremonies to mark the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job.

In Ottawa, the Day of Mourning ceremony gets underway at 12:30 p.m. in Vincent Massey Park at the monument dedicated to the workers killed when the Heron Road Bridge collapsed while under construction. Organized by the Ottawa and District Labour Council. Speakers expected at the ceremony include NDP Leader Jack Layton and federal Labour Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn.

Georgetti will be available to media immediately after the ceremony.

Almost 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. Georgetti 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 Georgetti.

WHO: Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress

WHAT: Ottawa Day of Mourning ceremony

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 28, 2008

WHERE: Vincent Massey Park, at the workers' monument

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
    Jeff Atkinson
    613-526-7425 and 613-863-1413
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Jean Wolff
    613-526-7431 and 613-878-6040