Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 27, 2009 08:00 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: April 28 Day of Mourning for Killed and Injured Workers

CLC Executive Vice-President Barbara Byers to speak in St. John's

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - April 27, 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 CLC Executive Vice-President Barbara Byers will participate in and speak at events in St. John's.

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 Newfoundland and Labrador, 256 workers lost their lives in the decade from 1998 to 2007 - one worker dead every ten work days on average. In 2007, 23 workers were killed by their job in Newfoundland and Labrador. Preliminary numbers for 2008 show the same number lost their lives that year.

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

St. John's Day of Mourning Ceremony
Byers will lay a wreath on behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress.
12:00 noon in the lobby of the Confederation Building
(Prince Phillip Parkway).

Baccalieu Trail District Labour Council Day of Mourning Ceremony
Byers will lay a wreath on behalf of the CLC and speak .
4:00 p.m. at the Sheila Nagiera Theatre (Municipal Chambers)
Water Street, Carbonear.

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:

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