Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

January 31, 2006 11:56 ET

Canadian Labour Congress/Esterhazy: Health and Safety Training Matters

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2006) - The Canadian Labour Congress applauds and thanks the workers at the Mosaic mine in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, for their exemplary handling of the fire at the mine that trapped 72 workers for over 24 hours.

"Working families all over this country applaud the successful rescue of the 72 miners as the results of good health and safety training, proper implementation of regulations and procedures, and positive relationship between unions and management," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, in praise for the safe and sound return to the surface of all the miners yesterday.

"Establishing and sustaining a living health and safety culture in the workplace, backed up with continuous implementation of adequate regulations and procedures, have been and remain central to the existence of unions," Georgetti explains. "This is why the Canadian Labour Congress congratulates the members and the leadership of Local 892 (Mosaic) and Local 890 (Dynatec) of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada."

"Special and warm thanks, of course, to the workers who made up the eight rescue teams: every Canadian working family owes you a debt of gratitude."

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils.

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