Participation on April 26th
National Day of Mourning
“Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the 28th day of April shall be known under the name of "Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace"
Every year in April the Steelworkers on Cecil Street take an active role in the recognition of the Day of Mourning for men and women who have been killed in their workplace. The executive of the Area council holds its monthly meeting on the Friday prior to the Day of Mourning. The meeting is on Friday April 26th and starts at 9 am and hears updates on health and safety from key speakers . The meeting adjourns to march to the Day of Mourning ceremony which is held at Larry Sefton Park on Hagerman St at Bay St, right behind City Hall, a short walk from Cecil St. After the ceremony, delegates return to Cecil St for lunch and further meetings.
The meeting on the Day of Mourning is open to all members and friends of the Steelworkers. Please consider attending from 10.30 am until 1:00pm.
What is the Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace?
Every year in Canada almost 1000 people are killed by their work, the majority by occupational diseases. Death and serious injury at work is not restricted to heavy industry and construction. Taxi drivers, emergency responders , truck drivers all face critical hazards because of their work. Recent reform of Ontario laws have been made to address rising and persistent sexual violence and harassment at work.
The Day of Mourning requires us to confront the human face of this tragedy, what it does to individuals, families and communities. Once a year, we set aside an hour to hear memorials to lived lives in speech, music and witness.
Unions spearheaded the campaign that lead to parliament’s declaration of April 28 as one of many campaigns to improve health and safety at work. Union health and safety activists work on health and safety in their workplaces and their communities. At Cecil Street, the Area Council provides health and safety training for worker representatives and supports an annual Young Workers Awareness Program in high schools during the month of April.