On April 28, the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job, we remember all the workers we have lost, and we vow to keep fighting for safe and healthy workplaces for everyone.
Every year in Canada, around 1000 workers lose their lives on the job. Their deaths are preventable and should not happen. And each one is a tragedy.
Last year, CUPE lost 11 members to workplace-related fatalities.
“Our love and solidarity go out to the families, friends, and co-workers of those we have lost,” says CUPE National President Mark Hancock. “A healthy and safe workplace is the right of each and every worker under the sun, and this is why we fight for the living.”
This is never an easy day, but it’s especially difficult this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. We have already lost several CUPE members to COVID-19, and fear there may be more to come.
“We want to express our solidarity and support for all workers who are continuing to offer essential public services, despite the risks to their health and to that of their families,” says CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury. “More than ever, this crisis highlights the need for us to stand together for safe working conditions.”
This April 28, and every day, CUPE will continue to fight – for better legislation, for better education, and for the vital personal protective equipment our members need.