Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 27, 2009 09:00 ET

Media Advisory/REMINDER: CLC Executive Vice-President Marie Clarke Walker to Speak in Winnipeg

April 28 Day of Mourning for Killed and Injured Workers

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(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 Marie Clarke Walker will participate in and speak at an event in Winnipeg.

According to the most recent Canada-wide information available, 1,055 people lost their lives at work in 2007 - that's four people killed 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 Manitoba, 22 workers lost their lives in 1998 because of their jobs. By 2007, the number rose to 28, a 36% increase over the past decade. Preliminary numbers for 2008 show that 30 workers were killed in Manitoba. If that number stands, it would be the highest number of workplace deaths on record for the province.

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

Winnipeg Day of Mourning:
Labour leaders and students walk to the Legislature
11:45 a.m., starting from the Union Centre at 275 Broadway.

Manitoba Federation of Labour Memorial Services:
Marie Clarke Walker among the speakers at the services
6:00 p.m. in Room 2C at 275 Broadway.

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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