The National Day of Mourning was established in Canada and is recognized in over 80 countries. April 28th is the day that workers and unions mourn for the dead and fight for the living. On this day, we find inspiration to intensify our efforts to keep workers both safe and healthy.
Successive governments have pledged their support to workers and their unions. Over the past several decades, they have announced new workplace health and safety laws and regulations — some of the best in the world. Regrettably, the resources needed to enforce those laws have not always been provided.
In Saskatchewan, we can proudly say we were the first province to have Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and we are the home of the three workers’ rights (outlined in the “Safety Tip” to the right). Sadly, we still have the need to fight to keep these rights.
The health care industry, which includes group home workers, has the highest rate of WCB injury claims – more than any other industry in the Province!
Your SEIU West Worker Safety Committee asks you to recognize this important day. Please watch for posters and notice of Day of Mourning events in your community, or check with your local Labour Council. If you have something planned in your area please let us know.
Based on the information provided in this post and this downloadable Day of Mourning Poster, SEIU-West members are asked to fill out the Day of Mourning Quiz 2014 and return it to Christine Miller by fax (306-652-1392) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before Monday April 28, 2014 to be entered into a draw for some fantastic prizes!