Amalgamated Transit Union Canadian Council

Amalgamated Transit Union Canadian Council

February 17, 2012 15:52 ET

Union Supports Call for Coroner's Inquest Into Hampstead Fatalities

REXDALE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2012) - The Amalgamated Transit Union fully supports UFCW Canada in its call for a coroner's inquest into the horrific February 6, 2012 two-vehicle collision near Hampstead, Ontario that killed 10 migrant agriculture workers riding in a van, as well as the driver of the other vehicle.

Stan Dera, Canadian Director of the Amalgamated Transit Union, says this is another example of how a failure to adequately regulate the transit industry costs lives. "Agricultural workers are regularly transported in unregulated buses and other vehicles," says Dera. There have been numerous accidents in Canada over the past decade where agricultural workers have died while riding in non-regulated, unsafe vehicles, he adds.

It is clear that one of the major negative impacts from the failure to regulate the transportation industry is a decrease in transportation safety, says Dera. "How many more lives must be lost before the government acts?"

"These terrible accidents must be stopped" Dera says. "It is our obligation as a society and our duty to the memory of those who have died, to see to it that workers are not injured and killed when being transported to and from work."

Dera points out that government regulation greatly increases safety in the transportation industry. Where transportation is regulated, the incidence of accidents and fatalities is much lower than where it is unregulated. This includes both economic regulation and safety regulation, which both contribute to overall road safety in the transportation industry.

"The Amalgamated Transit Union stands with the UFCW in calling for greater safety and protection for workers", says Dera. "We would hope the government will respond appropriately."

The Amalgamated Transit Union is the largest labour union for transit workers in North America with over 180,000 members. The ATU membership includes bus, subway, light rail and ferry operators, clerks, baggage handlers, mechanics and others in public transit, inter-city and school bus industries.

Contact Information

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    Canadian Director, ATU
    please contact his office at