Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 27, 2005 11:41 ET

FIGHT FOR THE LIVING, MOURN FOR THE DEAD - SMITH FALLS

April 28, Day of Mourning for workers injured and killed on the job Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2005) - FIGHT FOR THE LIVING, MOURN FOR THE DEAD - SMITHS FALLS
April 28, Day of Mourning for workers injured and killed on the job

"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," says Ethel Birkett-LaValley, Ontario Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasuer.

Birkett-LaValley will join the Lanark & District Labour Council to observe Day of Mourning ceremonies on Thursday, April 28 at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park, Smiths Falls, Ontario at 7:00 p.m.

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.

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.

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/For further information: Lanark & District Labour Council 613.283.2877/ IN: HEALTH, JUSTICE, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

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