On this International Day of Mourning for those who have suffered workplace accidents and deaths, my heart goes out to all the families whose loved ones went off to work one day and never returned. The shock of sudden and unexpected loss of a parent, a spouse, a son or daughter, a co-worker, a friend – is an inexpressible sorrow, something that no one should ever have to face.
We know that some jobs are more dangerous than others, and that accidents unfortunately occur. But I believe everyone has the right to a safe and healthy workplace.
Unions have long called for strong workplace safety standards, leave provisions for work related injuries and illnesses, and fair compensation programs to ensure that workers have income, medical treatment, and time to heal. The NDP stands with workers in calling for improvements in all these areas.