Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 24, 2009 15:00 ET

Media Advisory: April 28 Day of Mourning for Killed and Injured Workers CLC President Ken Georgetti to Speak in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) - On Tuesday, April 28 Canadians will observe a National Day of Mourning in memory of workers killed or injured on the job. Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti will participate in and speak at an event in Vancouver.

According to the most recent Canada-wide information available, 1055 people lost their lives at work in 2007 - four people were killed on every working day. The situation in Canada is getting worse. In 1998, there were 809 workplace deaths, but by 2007 it had jumped by 30 percent. In British Columbia, 125 workers lost their lives in 1998 because of their jobs. By 2008, the number had climbed to 160, a 28% increase in workplace deaths over the last ten year.

Why is this being allowed to continue? Why are employers not being called to account? Georgetti will address those questions in his remarks and will be available to comment to the media.

National Day of Mourning Ceremony

Vancouver Art Gallery, 730 Hornby Street

7:00 a.m Coffin Procession

7:45 a.m. Ceremony begins (Georgetti among the speakers)

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site: www.canadianlabour.ca

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