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 City of Brampton and the Brampton- Mississauga District Labour Council held a day of mourning ceremony at the injured worker’s monument on Monday, April 28.
CUPE 831 joined other locals to remember those who were killed and injured in the workplace.
President of the Ontario Federation of Labour, Sid Ryan was in attendance to pay tribute to the victims of various workplace tragedies in the past.
“Workers shouldn’t gamble their lives in order to earn their livelihoods,” said Ryan. “There should be no question that any worker will always come home to their family at the end of the day.”
On this day, the Day of Mourning flag was flown at half-mast followed by a moment of silence to remember all those who have been killed or injured on the job.
Each year Canada mourns the victims of workplace incidents and injuries. Let us all continue to make every effort to make our work environment safe for all our workers and colleagues.