Today, April 28, we recognize the National Day of Mourning. Today we think about the families who did not get to see their loved ones come home and renew our commitment to fight for safer work places for everyone.
We call on the government of Newfoundland and Labrador to follow the recommendations in the Health Accord to open an Occupational Health and Safety Clinic and to begin collect employer safety records to keep employers accountable for the safety of those they employ.
In 2022 there were 30 work-related fatalities in our province. These accidents are devastating to the families, coworkers, employers, and truly to their communities. We must make it a top priority to ensure that all workplaces have the necessary health and safety protocols in place so that no worker’s life is lost on the job.
This year, the NDP is renewing the party’s commitment to be vocal on workplace safety issues. Caucus members have been vocal advocates on a range of issues including occupational health and safety employees, offshore helicopter safety, the Labrador West silica dust study, and more.
The National Day of Mourning was officially recognized by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1992 after lobbying by former NDP leader Jack Harris. It was first proposed by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, and was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991.
Every year, The St. John’s & District Labour Council organizes an event to commemorate the National Day of Mourning. This event will take place in the lobby of the Confederation Building. I will be laying a wreath to show the NDP’s dedication to keep ensuring every workplace has strict health and safety rules in place, and that workers are always our priority so everyone can return home safe from work.