NDP Caucus marks Day of Mourning
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi) will attend two ceremonies recognizing the Day of Mourning for workers killed, injured or disabled because of workplace injury or disease.
The Day of Mourning was first observed on April 28, 1984 by members of the Canadian Labour Congress, formally enshrined by the federal government in 1991, and has since spread to more than 100 countries.
Michael has been a strong proponent of workplace safety, and in the past year has spoken out on silica dust in Labrador West, government’s slowness to act on the Baie Verte Miner’s Registry and the working conditions of temporary foreign workers in the province, among other issues.
The Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission said last week that it had recorded 30 workplace-related fatalities in the province in 2013: five people died in workplace accidents and 25 from occupation-related illnesses.
“The numbers remind us that we must continue to be vigilant in updating and enforcing our labour standards for today’s workers, and also that we must continue to do our utmost to care for those workers already affected by industrial diseases,” Michael said.
Michael will be joined by St. John’s East MHA George Murphy, and will lay a wreath at the St. John’s and District Labour Council’s wreath-laying ceremony in the lobby of Confederation Building at noon today. She will also attend the Baccalieu Trail District Labour Council’s event at the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre in Carbonear at 4 p.m.