In 2010, 1014 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – an increase from 939 the previous year. This represents more than 2.78 deaths every single day.
In the eighteen year period from 1993 to 2010, 16,143* people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 897 deaths per year).
The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.
The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbands and observe moments of silence. Stewards of Local 302 are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning , post a notice at your worksite and encourage your members attend a ceremony in Oshawa.
We give a lot to our work, we shouldn’t be expected to give our lives.
Durham Region Labour Council
12:00 (noon) Day of Mourning Monument Area
Oshawa City Hall (corner of King St. and Centre St.) Oshawa, ON
Light Refreshments to follow at USW Hall 125 Albert Street Oshawa, ON
Bill Stratton, Chair DOM Committee Mayor John Henry
Irwin Nanda, OFL Executive V-P Jim Freeman, President, DRLC
Contact: Durham Region Labour Council
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