April 27th, 2018

National Day of Mourning: workers deserve healthy and safe work environments

NPD Labour Critic Karine Trudel (Jonquière), made the following statement:

“Every day, millions of Canadians expect to return home to their families after a day’s work. Unfortunately, not everyone does. Each year, almost 1,000 workers don’t make it home to their loved ones because they die on the job.

The lives of hundreds of thousands more Canadians are forever changed after being injured by workplace accidents, suffering chemical poisonings, as well as enduring harassment, or acts of violence.

Today, on the National Day of Mourning, we join all Canadians honouring the memory of workers who died, were injured or became ill in the workplace. We join with to reiterate our commitment to ensuring all work environments in Canada are healthy and safe.

Employers must remain vigilant in preventing workplace dangers or unacceptable working conditions. The federal government also has a responsibility to ensure that the laws, regulations and norms governing workplace health and safety are constantly updated. All Canadians must have adequate work environments, where their lives are not in danger and their rights are respected.

As millions of people make their way to work every day, they need to know their government is on their side. Canada must champion workplaces that are healthy and safe.”