It’s been a very important week for the labour movement in Canada and throughout the world. In the last few days, we have marked both the National Day of Mourning and May Day.
On April 28th, CCU members from around the country attended events remembering workers who have been killed on the job and reaffirmed their commitment to fight for the living. We need stronger health and safety protections for workers in Canada and throughout the globe. We need to prosecute employers who profit from risking the lives of workers.
We also need to restructure the workplace so it’s simply no longer profitable for Canadian employers to operate in an industrial environment that kills five of us every single day. The struggle for improved safety on the job is a daily fight and we must remain vigilant all year round. We all have the right to come home alive.
On May 1st, the CCU also commemorated May Day, or International Workers Day. We celebrate the rights that workers have attained through struggle, sacrifice and the blood of our brothers and sisters in Canada and throughout the world.
We pledge solidarity with all workers everywhere and vow to fight alongside them for a just society based on equality, fairness, and the respect for fundamental rights at work and throughout society. This May Day, we remember that workers’ rights are human rights.
President, Confederation of Canadian Unions