PRESS RELEASE: APRIL 28, 2016

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National Day of Mourning - April 28, 2016

Every year on April 28, people across the country gather, light candles, and wear ribbons as they pay their respects and remember the thousands of men and women who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents.

We also honour the families, coworkers and friends whose lives have been significantly impacted by these tragedies.

Unions stand up for the health and safety of everyone who works for a living. They work with employers to improve working conditions. Unions work with governments to improve workplace health and safety standards and pass laws to punish employers who put lives at risk for their own gain.

We can’t bring back those who have died, but we are working hard to make workplaces safer today. That’s why this April 28th, Canadian unions are calling for a national ban on asbestos, a known killer that causes disease, suffering and death — all of it preventable.

Lung cancer due to asbestosis is the number-one cause of occupational death in Canada. Since 1996, asbestos-related diseases have accounted for about a third of the workplace deaths recognized by workers’ compensation boards. By working together – with employers, unions, workers and our health and safety partners, we can work towards every worker returning home at the end of the day safe and sound. 

I encourage everyone to make workplace health and safety a personal priority and help spread the word that workers have the right to refuse unsafe work.

On April 28th, let us remember those who have been injured or killed on the job, and keep them in our thoughts. Let us honour the memory of those killed or injured on the job and never forget the importance of our commitment to keep workers safe.

 

 

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