Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 27, 2007 13:38 ET

WATERLOO REGIONAL LABOUR COUNCIL - DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONY

AT THE DAY OF MOURNING MEMORIAL, VICTORIA PARK, KITCHENER - SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2007 AT 10:30 A.M.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - On April 28 each year people across Canada honour the dead and injured workers who have made the heaviest sacrifice to earn a living. "This is too high a cost for women and men to pay to earn a living," said Ontario Federation of Labour president Wayne Samuelson. "The struggle for a safe workplace has been pursued for years by the labour movement and yet each year adds new names to the list of victims.

"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 was declared a National Day of Mourning in 1991 by Bill C-223, An Act Respecting a Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace. 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.

Wayne Samuelson will join the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, injured workers and activists to honour and pay tribute to workplace victims.

cope343 /For further information: Waterloo Regional Labour Council
519.743.8301

Peter Cook
519.743.0488/ IN: LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, OFL President
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 678
    Secondary Phone: 416-571-7408
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138