Apr. 28th National Day of Mourning

The Prince Rupert Labour Council is organizing a virtual candlelight vigil in recognition of the National Day of Mourning on Tuesday April 28th.

Local union members are invited to light a candle at their home or workplace on the Day of Mourning and to submit a photo to the website for posting (please send photo to info@princerupertlabourcouncil.ca or by text to 778-884-5343).

About the National Day of Mourning

On April 28th we remember those who lost their lives or had their lives changed forever because of something that happened in their workplace.

Workers, retirees, leaders, activists and allies across the country come together to remember and recommit to protecting workers and preventing further tragedies, and making every workplace safe and healthy for everyone.

In 2018, more than 1,027 workers across the country died because of their job. This is unacceptable and in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must redouble our efforts to stop the pandemic at work.

Stop the Pandemic at Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live and work. While everyone is affected by the crisis, workers are on the front line. Many are doing critical work without the protections they need to keep themselves safe.

Many workers have been deemed essential and go to work every day so that others can stay home as we all do everything we can to stop the pandemic.

We owe it to all workers to make sure they have the protections and supports to work safely. COVID-19 doesn’t mean we weaken those rights – it means we strengthen them.

As we mourn lives lost due to a job, we must also further assert our rights to a safe workplace. These rights include:

  1. Right to know about the hazards in your workplace and to receive the training you need to be able to do your job safely.
  2. Right to participate in decisions that could affect your health and safety.
  3. Right to refuse work that could endanger your health and safety or that of others. The right to refuse is not the first step to protect workers. This is a serious, sometimes necessary step that no worker takes lightly.