In 1992, twenty-six workers died in the Nova Scotia Westray mine disaster, where an underground methane explosion occurred. This disaster gave rise to the Westray bill, which amended the Criminal Code of Canada, holding employers criminally liable who failed to protect the safety of their workers.
April 28th, is a day to remember all the workers who have been injured or killed at work. It is important that Canadians send a strong message to their political representatives that workplace deaths and injuries are inexcusable. It is time employers see the consequences of their neglect of workplace safety.
Join your local District Labour Council to show your solidarity and to honour those who have lost their lives or who have been injured on the job by participating in a Day of Mourning Ceremony in your community.
Government legislation must be coupled with enforcement to ensure the prevention of workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries. Workers should not have to fear for their safety while at work.
Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President