Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 25, 2005 18:09 ET

British Columbia Media Advisory: Workers Day of Mourning

2005 Day of Mourning to focus on enforcement of Health & Safety laws Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2005) - Marie Clarke Walker, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, will mark the 2005 National Day of Mourning with workers in Nelson, Trail and Castlegar at ceremonies organized by the West Kootenay Labour Council.

For nearly a generation, April 28 has been a day when people across Canada gather to honour workers killed or injured on the job. Originally declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, the National Day of Mourning has become a tradition in communities across Canada and around the world.

Since the first Day of Mourning, working people and their unions have made many improvements and gains through legislation and collective bargaining; however the numbers tell us that more needs to be done.

In 1984 there were 744 workers who died because of workplace injuries. In 2003, that number officially stood at 963 but Clarke Walker says it's actually higher.

"Workers who died from occupational illness or diseases not yet recognized as having roots in the workplace are not included in this number. Agriculture workers are not covered by workers compensation, so any deaths or injuries would not appear in the official statistics. Add to this the numerous cases where employers avoid or fail to report workplace injuries and it is easy to understand why the official numbers only tell part of the story," she says.

NELSON DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONY
Lakeside Park (Tyler Lake Memorial Field House) at the Day of Mourning memorial plaque
Thursday, April 28, 2005
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

TRAIL DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONY
USWA Local 480 Hall (meet there and march to a ceremony at the Workers Memorial Plague)
Thursday, April 28, 2005
3:30 p.m.

CASTLEGAR DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONY
March from 4th Street and Columbia to the Day of Mourning monument in Kinsmen Park
Thursday, April 28, 2005
6:45 p.m.

To arrange interviews before and after the ceremonies, contact:
Gord Larkin, Canadian Labour Congress Representative (British Columbia) 604-328-4304 or glarkin@clc-ctc.ca

Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress (Communications Department) 613-863-1413 or jatkinson@clc-ctc.ca

/For further information: Gord Larkin, Canadian Labour Congress Representative (British Columbia) 604-328-4304 or glarkin@clc-ctc.ca / IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7425
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-1413
    E-mail: communications@clc-ctc.ca