Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 27, 2005 11:58 ET

APRIL 28, DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONIES, KINGSTON

Workers call on government for laws to deal with workplace violence Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2005) - APRIL 28, DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONIES, KINGSTON
Workers call on government for laws to deal with workplace violence

April 28 was declared a National Day of Mourning in 1991 by Bill C-223, An Act Respecting a Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

The House of Commons, many provinces and municipalities observe the Day of Mourning with a minute's silence and many flags fly at half-mast on municipal buildings and provincial and territorial legislatures.

April 28 allows all Canadians and people throughout the world to pay respect to those working people who have died or suffered injuries and diseases on the job. While we mourn the dead, labour and all people must dedicate themselves to fight for the living and prevent this terrible and unnecessary toll.

Last year pallbearers carried 328 Ontario workers to their graves as a direct result of workplace conditions. Another 357,116 claimed compensation for work-related diseases. Missing from the official record were an estimated 6,000 workers killed by cancer, lung disease and other ailments, all attributed to toxic substance exposures in their workplaces.

"Our members need workplace violence regulations that force employers to protect workers," says Ethel Birkett-LaValley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "Violence in the workplace is an issue for all workers, in every sector."

Birkett-LaValley will join the Kingston & District Labour Council on Thursday April 28 to observe Day of Mourning ceremonies, Greenridge Plaza, 105 Sutherland Drive, Suite 7 (at Montreal Street), Kingston from 12 noon - 1:00 p.m.

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/For further information: Kingston & District Labour Council 613.342.8250/ IN: HEALTH, JUSTICE, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Ethel Birkett-LaValley, OFL Secretary-Treasurer
    Primary Phone: 416-576-2192