Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
April 24, 2008

Workplace deaths and injuries up as Canada marks National Day of Mourning

Mourn for the dead, fight for the living—now more than ever

The National Day of Mourning, recognized each year on April 28, honours those killed or injured on the job and pushes for improvements to workplace safety. The day will be marked with increased sadness this year in the face of a rising death count in Canadian workplaces.

The push for improvements to workplace safety must continue. More workers are losing their lives and compared with the other 28 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OPEC), Canada remains one of the most unsafe. Only Korea, Mexico, Portugal and Turkey had higher incident rates of worker deaths on the job.

Workplace injury and death can be prevented, but only through vigilance and action. Workplace Health and Safety Committees give CEIU locals the chance to address the risks faced by members. If you are involved at your local, your work is important and appreciated. If you want to become involved, speak with your local leadership.

On April 28, pause to remember those who have been lost and injured. The day is recognized nationally and many locations across the country hold ceremonies to observe it. Join them if you can. In your office, observe April 28 in a way that best speaks to your members.

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