Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour
Durham Region Labour Council

April 28, 2016 07:00 ET

ADVISORY: OFL to join Day of Mourning Services in Oshawa

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 28, 2016) - Thursday, April 28 is the labour movement's most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers will gather at ceremonies across Ontario to recognize the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Spokesperson Rob Halpin will be joining a remembrance ceremony in Oshawa to demand action - from our courts and from our governments - to ensure that every employee who heads off to work will return home safely to their family at the end of a workday.

According to the latest statistics from Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), 226 workers reportedly lost their lives in 2015 due to workplace tragedies or occupational disease. Roughly 230,000 Ontario workers are injured or made sick at work every year, thousands of others pass away years later due to resulting health complications, and still other cases, undoubtedly, go unreported or unacknowledged.

WHEN: NOON, Thursday, April 28, 2016

WHERE: Day of Mourning Parkette, Oshawa City Hall (corner of King St. and Centre St.)

WHAT: OFL Spokesperson Rob Halpin will join the Durham Region Labour Council, workers, families and supporters for a ceremony for fallen workers.

Refreshments to follow at USW Hall, 125 Albert Street, Oshawa.

"Canada has the opportunity to show the world we care about stopping the tragedy of asbestos and protecting the lives of every worker. We believe the National Day of Mourning on April 28 offers a tremendous opportunity for meaningful action to make workplace health and safety the bottom line for every employer," said OFL President Chris Buckley.

Read the OFL Statement on the Day of Mourning at: http://ofl.ca/index.php/ofl-statement-national-day-mourning-workers-killed-injured-job-april-28-2016/

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Information

  • Joel Duff
    OFL Communications Director
    416-707-0349 (cell)
    jduff@ofl.ca
    (ENG/FRENCH)