REPORTING · 2nd May 2015
On Tuesday, April 28th, a small gathering of community leaders gathered at Coglin Park for a ceremony to honour and remember workers who killed or injured in the workplace, or died from work related disease and insist that governments do more to enforce existing health and safety laws..
Unifor 2301 president Rick Belmont welcomed everyone and explained why the Day is important. He was followed by Martin McIlwraith to encourage the District of Kitimat to return to the bargaining table and use the Day of Mourning to solve the strike which is currently going on in Kitimat.
Councillor Mary Murphy, representing Mayor and Council got up to say a few words on behalf of Mayor Phil Germuth.
“Every year, workers families, employees and others gather to remember workers who have lost their lives to injuries, illnesses, due to work related incidences, and to remember the families who have to live with this terrible loss,” said Murphy.
She stated this is a day to remember, but also to protect the living and to strengthen a commitment for a safer work environment for everyone. She also agreed the dispute needs to end quickly.