- Hamilton and District Labour Council Marks National Day of Mourning
It was in the year 1991 when this day was officially recognized by the federal government – eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. Since its recognition, the National Day of Mourning is celebrated annually in 80 countries around the world.
The Hamilton and District Labour Council held a day of mourning ceremony at the Council Chambers, City Hall on Monday, April 28.
Mary Long, President of the Hamilton and District Labour Council said that the National Day of Mourning is an opportunity to remember workers who got killed and those who are suffering long term effects from injuries they got while working – it is also a day to acknowledge victims from various incidents that never got reported.
“A lot of injuries aren’t reported, past or present. We’re hoping we can make changes so this doesn’t happen, but at the same time employers have to be held accountable,” said Mary Long.
“We are mourning for the dead, but we are still fighting and will keep fighting for the living.”
Following the indoor ceremony, USW Local 7135 executive members joined other locals in a short march to the monument where they had an opportunity to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence to remember those who were killed and injured in the workplace.
Each year Canada mourns the victims of workplace incidents and injuries. Let us all stand in solidarity and continue to make every effort in making our work environment safe for all our workers and colleagues.