On April 28, I invite you to join me in marking the annual Day of Mourning and remembering those who have been killed or injured on the job.
Started in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress, the day is about creating safer workplaces so workers can end their working lives in dignity and health – not premature injury, disease or death.
In Canada, workplace deaths remain a major problem. In 2011, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety reports that at least 919 workers lost their lives due to work-related causes.
Workers have a right to be safe at their workplace. This year, I encourage you to affirming your commitment to fight for the living and prevent injury and illness on the job by:
- Reporting unsafe or hazardous conditions to your employer;
- Advising your joint health & safety committee (JH&SC) worker member(s) of any such conditions in your workplace;
- Reporting all accidents and near misses, and asking to be kept appraised of the outcome of your reports;
- Insisting that your employer provide a work environment that is both healthy and safe for you and your co-workers.
Together, we can build healthier and safer workplaces. If you are interested in participating in a Day of Mourning event in your community, please see the Workers Health and Safety Centre's listing here.
President, UFCW Canada Local 1000A
If you have any questions or concerns about health and safety issues in your workplace, contact your union office (1-800-637-5936) and ask for the health and safety department.