Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

January 20, 2006 12:23 ET

OFL CONVENES CONFERENCE ON VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 20, 2006) - "Guns and violence are a hot topic of debate these days," says OFL president Wayne Samuelson, "but the reality for thousands of workers is that they face life threatening violence every day on the job."

"Think about the tragic stories on the news in the last year alone. Violent incidents causing injury and death for taxi drivers, transit drivers, nurses, teachers - sadly it's a long list. We must have a serious review of our workplace laws and enforcement to make the workplace a safer place," Samuelson said.

"This conference will look at strategies to get the legislative changes and enforcement needed to make the issue of violence in the workplace a government priority."

The Conference takes place Friday, January 20 and 21 at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel. Speakers at the conference will address workers' rights to have a safe work environment, how to ensure workers' safety on the job and how the enforcement of laws by employers and government must be strengthened.

Wayne Samuelson will open the conference on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. followed by a plenary session on legislative change, membership training and collective bargaining to make jobs safer.

On Saturday day long workshops will wrap up with a closing plenary session at 3:15 p.m. with OFL secretary-treasurer Irene Harris speaking on Domestic Violence - A Workplace Issue.

cope343 /For further information: Irene Harris
OFL Secretary-Treasurer
416.347.0454 (cellular)/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-443-7665