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Why a day of mourning?

Unions are about more than decent jobs for workers. The labour movement also works to make workplaces safe for everyone. Yet, each year thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job or die from work-related diseases. In 2012, 979 Canadians died because of their work, but we know the numbers are higher because official figures only capture those who received workers’ compensation benefits. Hundreds more die from under-reported illnesses and occupational diseases that go unrecognized in the compensation systems. See full Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) story here:  http://www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/statements/think-workplace-fatalities-are-thing-past-together-we-have-made-progress-we-mus

In British Columbia, a number of events are scheduled to mark the international Day of Mourning, April 28. See a list of activities here: http://bcfed.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/1330-14lst-NH-DOM-2014-Ceremonies3.pdf