Monday, April 27, 2020

Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning - held each year on April 28 - honours those killed or injured while on the job. Established by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 to mourn the dead and fight for the living, the day is now observed across Canada and recognized in more than 100 countries.
This year, the day takes on extra meaning as many workers are risking their health and safety to provide much needed services during the COVID-19 pandemic. These essential workers are vital to our daily lives and deserve our thanks and gratitude.
“Any loss of life due to a workplace accident or conditions is unacceptable,” said New Brunswick Union President Susie Proulx-Daigle. “We need to make sure our workers have the right equipment and environment to do their work to the best of their abilities. This is even more prevalent during our current situation.”
Given the restrictions on gatherings in the province, the Day of Mourning ceremony will be held online this year. The New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) is hosting a Facebook Live event on April 28th at 12 p.m. to remember the workers who lost their lives or were injured while working.
It can be accessed on the NBFL Facebook page.