This April 28, on the National Day of Mourning, we will join over 100 countries in remembering those who have lost their lives due to work-related causes.
Every year, women and men across the globe die as a result of unsafe working conditions, insufficient health and safety measures and protection equipment, and poorly implemented policies. All too often, these deaths could have been avoided. In Canada, hundreds of workplace fatalities are still recorded. In the last two years, workers have also had to contend with additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing to the forefront the importance of comprehensive health and safety measures and proper access to protective equipment.
Despite important improvements to workplace safety standards over the last century —thanks in large part to continued union efforts — much work remains to be done to ensure that all workers are adequately protected against preventable work-related accidents or illness.
The Customs and Immigration Union attaches great importance to its members’ health and safety, and we will continue to do everything we can to protect them from harm. Given the dangers that so many workers are still confronting today, let us all observe a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m. on the National Day of Mourning.
Read the CIU National Office Memorandum regarding the National Day of Mourning.