Every year, workers killed and injured on the job are remembered on the National Day of Mourning. On Thursday, April 28th, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council will honour the memory of these workers at two events. The events feature speakers from various organizations including unions, as well as municipal government representatives.
12:00 pm Larry Sefton Park Bay Street just north of Toronto City Hall
11:00 am Woodbridge Arena, Islington & Highway #7 The Consul General of Italy will be in attendance
The National Day of Mourning was established in Canada at the urging of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, and is now recognized in over 80 countries around the world. The 28th of April is the day that workers and unions mourn for the dead and fight for the living. On this day, we find inspiration to redouble our efforts to keep workers both safe and healthy.
Unfortunately, the annual observance of this day has not made Canada safer for workers. Over the past decades, successive governments have pledged their support to workers and their unions. 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.