REPORTING · 30th April 2014
Monday, April 28th was the Worker’s Day of Mourning. Union workers and residents of Kitimat gathered at the workers Memorial at the Viewpoint to remember those who had passed. This year’s event was organized by the local Unifor 2301 union.
“We are gathered here today to remember workers that have been killed, injured or suffered illness, due to the workplaces. This week and every single week of the year, 20 Canadian workers, on average will die on the job or die from job caused illnesses. Many others will suffer illness or injury,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.
Councillor Rob Goffinet passed regrets on from MLA Robin Austin who was in the legislature in Victoria. Goffinet expressed Austin wanted the people of Kitimat to know that the leadership in Victoria will recognize the Worker’s Day of Mourning with prayer and a moment of silence.
Rick Belmont, president of Unifor 2301 expressed this is a time to remember, but also a time to insist the levels Government do more to enforce health and safety laws and give out violations when workers are killed or seriously injured.
The day was also marked by a moment of silence and flags lowered to half-mast around the community.