April 28 – National Day of Mourning

Lest we forget

April 28 is a day for us to remember those who have been killed or seriously injured in the workplace.

Workers’ Memorial Day was started when two labour activists, Colin Lambert and Dr. Ray Sentes, were driving in early April 1983 to a union meeting, and were stopped by a funeral procession for a firefighter that had been killed in the line of duty. They worried that other workers who died because of work did not receive similar honours, and recalled how members of the United Steelworkers in Elliott Lake held each year a “Workers’ Remembrance Day” for uranium miners who had succumbed to exposures. Lambert and Sentes sought endorsements from union officials for the idea to hold a national day of mourning, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) passed a resolution to that effect at its annual convention in 1983, and the Canadian Labour Congress followed suit at its annual convention the following year. The AFL-CIO declared a day of mourning in 1989 and a “workers’ Memorial Day” is observed in over 100 countries. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Mourning_(Canadian_observance)

 

“Day of Mourning the Untold Story”

produced by the BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP0JvrXjmgo

Show your support on April 28 by attending ceremonies which are held across the county, lighting candles, donning black ribbons or black armbands, and by observing a moment of silence at 11:00 am.

Renew your commitment to workplace health and safety and help end the needless suffering due to workplace related hazards and occupational exposures and the suffering of their loved ones left behind.

Fallen Workers Monument – Saint Johns NB Canada