April 28 — National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job

Mourn for the Dead! Fight for the Living! Stop the Killing!

Workers’ memorials across the country. Left to right: Pictou, Nova Scotia monument to those killed in Westray mine disaster; Sudbury Miners Memorial; Edmonton Day of Mourning workers’ memorial; BC forestry workers’ memorial park. Below: memorial in Kanesatake to the workers who died in the 1907 collapse of the Quebec Bridge.

On April 28, the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the Job the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada pays its deepest respects to the families of all those Canadian workers who have died on the job or as a result of job-related diseases and injuries.

April 28 — National Day of Mourning


We express our firm support for all the injured workers who have to cope with their disabilities as a result of work related injuries or diseases. We salute all those workers who are fighting to uphold health and safety on the job in conditions of impunity for the monopolies. We condemn the governments at various levels for making these workers targets of their anti-social offensives which seek to restructure compensation programs to force workers to rely on private insurance companies which have the aim of getting workers to fend for themselves.

The MLPC calls on Canadians across the country to take part in commemorations and take up the demands of the workers’ movement for justice and an end to attacks on workers’ health and safety.

In Canada there are about 1,000 annual Canadian workplace fatalities. Across Canada, worker compensation boards in 2014 recorded 239,462 lost-time accidents This represents only 30 per cent of all disabling injuries and illnesses suffered annually by Canadian workers.

“The number of Canadian workers who die annually through occupational injuries or diseases doesn’t reflect the fact that for every worker who dies, on average 30 workers suffer permanent physical or mental impairments, often lose their employment and many times are pushed to the margins of society,” a press release of the United Steelworkers says.

“Fewer than half of all Canadians with disabilities are employed, compared to 80 per cent of the general population, and those on a social security program receive between 22-30 per cent of the average net income for all employed Canadians.”

The International Labour Organization reported in 2014 that around the world every day, 6,300 workers die from a work-related accident or disease.

Affirm Workers’ Health and Safety!
Together, Let Us Build a Society Fit for Human Beings!
Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living!

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