Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 27, 2007 13:37 ET

SAULT STE MARIE & DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL - DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONY

USW LOCAL 2251, 68 DENNIS STREET, SAULT STE MARIE - SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2007 AT 11:00 A.M.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - "On April 28 we must bow our heads and remember all the workers killed and injured on the job. We must remember the anguish and the grief of families who received the phone call telling them a loved one was killed at work. We must remember the families and whole communities who had to watch loved ones suffer from occupational disease," said Irene Harris, secretary-treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour.

"It takes knowledge, commitment and political action to get the changes that are so desperately needed," Harris said. "We do not accept that workers and their families have to trade their lives and health for a paycheque."

Pallbearers carried 315 Ontario workers to their graves last year as a direct result of workplace conditions. Another 341,437 claimed compensation for work-related injuries. Missing from the official record were an estimated 6,000 workers killed by cancer, lung disease and other ailments, all attributed to toxic exposures in their workplaces.

April 28 ceremonies allow all Canadians and people throughout the world to pay respect to those working people who have died or suffered injuries and diseases on the job. While we mourn the dead, labour and all people must dedicate themselves to fight for the living and prevent this terrible and unnecessary toll.

The House of Commons, many provinces and municipalities observe the Day of Mourning with a minute's silence and many flags fly at half-mast on municipal buildings and provincial and territorial legislatures.

Irene Harris will join the Sault Ste. Marie & District Labour Council, injured workers and activists to honour workers killed and injured on the job.

cope343 /For further information: Irene Harris
OFL Secretary-Treasurer
416.347.0454 (cellular)

Sault Ste Marie & District Labour Council
705.942.3900/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

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