April 28th is the National Day of Mourning. It’s the day we honour those workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness due to their work.
The above picture shows 74 candles, to represent the 74 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who died due to work from 2015 to 2018.
Another 26 workers lost their lives at work in 2019. One death is too many.
This year, due to COVID-19, the ceremonies we normally have to commemorate this date have had to move online. However, we will not let this deter us from remembering those who are gone and fighting for those who are still here.
The NLFL has prepared a video to commemorate this event.
Provincial District Labour Councils have also prepared videos and events that will be posted throughout the day.
Statement from NLFL President Mary Shortall
“On April 28th, the National Day of Mourning, we remember those who have lost their lives, or had their lives changed forever because of something that happened in their workplace.
Today, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) joins with workers across Canada, to mourn and honour these workers. Our hearts go out to their loved ones and colleagues whose pain will never go away. Today, we recommit to protecting all workers by continuing to push employers for safe workplaces, and governments for effective prevention strategies, strong laws and enforcement.
“Last year, tragically, 26 workers in Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) lost their lives due to a work-related illness or accidents,” said NLFL President Mary Shortall. “This shocking number reminds us just how much work remains to be done, to ensure workers are safe at work. No one deserves to die at work – and quite frankly – no one should. We must do better.”
This year especially, in light of the impact of Covid-19, and the added danger that frontline and essential workers are exposed to on a daily basis, there is even greater awareness of the importance of safety in the workplace for all workers. Workers on the front line are doing critical work, and sometimes without the proper protections they need. Others, deemed essential, are going to work every day at great risk to themselves and their families, so that we can stay home and stop the pandemic. They are heroes and we owe it to them and all workers to make sure they have every protection and support they need to work safely.”
Read our full media statement here: Media Release – Day of Mourning – April 2020