PRESS RELEASE: APRIL 22, 2010

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PREMIER STELMACH: END THE HARVEST OF DEATH!

14 months and 13 deaths later and still no action from Premier Stelmach

It’s been 14 months since Justice Peter Barley told Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach that farm workers in Alberta should be granted the same health and safety rights as everyone else.  Despite asking Justice Barley for his advice, the Premier doesn’t want to hear it, and farm workers are paying the price.

 

After being asked by the Premier to investigate the workplace death of farm worker Kevan Chandler, Justice Barley found that farm workers must be included in Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to prevent future workplace injuries and deaths.  To date, Premier Stelmach has ignored that advice, and since then 13 more people have been killed on Alberta farms in work-related accidents.

 

Since Kevan Chandler died at work on Father’s Day nearly four years ago, an additional 59 people have been killed in agriculture-related accidents.

 

As the leader of a majority government, Premier Stelmach is the “decider”. He has the power to save lives with stroke of a pen by granting basic health and safety rights to farm workers – they’re the same rights that most of us already have.

 

Tell Premier Stelmach to do the right thing by ending the deadly discrimination against Alberta farm workers.


Click HERE to tell Premier Stelmach: End the Harvest of Death

 

 

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