- 01 May 2014 01 May 2014
We all know someone who has been killed or who has suffered disease or injury, as a result of their job. Their faces are familiar to us- they are our neighbours, our friends, our coworkers and family members.
Exactly 30 years ago to the day, the Canadian Labour Congress declared April 28 a National Day of Mourning. Every year since that day, unions, labour councils, families and community partners gather by the thousands to pay our respects to those individuals. This day, which began through the efforts of Canada's labour movement, is now observed in more than 80 countries.
This is not only a day of remembrance and reflection, but it’s also a day to resolve to make a change. Every day, millions of Canadians go to work to earn a decent wage to provide for their families. Far too many get injured - or even worse, die – at work. It’s wrong, and most of the time, it’s preventable.
This year, let’s resolve to establish safe conditions in the workplace, and avoid future preventable deaths.
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