Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

April 26, 2005 07:30 ET

Media Advisory: Workers Day of Mourning

2005 Day of Mourning to focus on enforcement of Health & Safety laws Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - April 26, 2005) - Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, will mark the 2005 National Day of Mourning with workers in Ottawa at a ceremony organized by the local labour council.

For nearly a generation, April 28 has been a day when people across Canada gather to honour workers killed or injured on the job. Originally declared by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, the National Day of Mourning has become a tradition in communities across Canada and around the world.

Since the first Day of Mourning, working people and their unions have made many improvements and gains through legislation and collective bargaining; however the numbers tell us that more needs to be done.

In 1984 there were 744 workers who died because of workplace injuries. In 2003, that number officially stood at 963 but Georgetti says it's actually higher.

"Workers who died from occupational illness or diseases not yet recognized as having roots in the workplace are not included in this number. Agriculture workers are not covered by workers compensation, so any deaths or injuries would not appear in the official statistics. Add to this the numerous cases where employers avoid or fail to report workplace injuries and it is easy to understand why the official numbers only tell part of the story," he says.

Vincent Massey Park
Thursday, April 28, 2005
12:30 p.m.

To arrange interviews before and after the ceremonies, contact:
Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress (Communications Department) 613-863-1413 or IN: ECONOMY, FINANCE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7425
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-1413