Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 27, 2007 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Hassan Yussuff Joins Workers in Ottawa to Mark the 2007 National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - Hassan Yussuff, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress will be in Ottawa this Saturday, April 28, to participate in local ceremonies to mark the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job.

In Ottawa, the Day of Mourning ceremony gets underway at 12:30 p.m. in Vincent Massey Park at the monument to the workers killed when the Heron Road Bridge collapsed while under construction.

Yussuff will be available to media immediately after the ceremony.

Over 1,000 Canadians died as a result of workplace accidents and occupational illnesses in 2005, the highest number on record, despite Canada's reputation for having some of the strongest workplace health and safety laws. Yussuff says it's time those laws were properly enforced.

"Five lives lost every workday is five lost lives too many. Lives are not saved when governments simply adopt legislation then look the other way," says Yussuff.

WHO: Hassan Yussuff, secretary-treasurer of the
Canadian Labour Congress

WHAT: Ottawa Day of Mourning ceremony

WHEN: 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2007

WHERE: Vincent Massey Park, at the workers' monument

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 136 district labour councils. Web site:

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