On April 28, 2021 the Union of Health and Environment Workers recognizes and acknowledges all the workers across Canada who have been killed or injured in the workplace. We join the families and colleagues of those who have lost loved ones on this National Day of Mourning to mourn their passing and to pledge ourselves to working to prevent all workplace deaths and injuries in the future.
All workers have the right to:
- Know about the hazards in their workplace and receive the training they need to be able to do their jobs safely
- Participate in decisions that could affect their health and safety
- Refuse work that could endanger their health and safety or that of others.
We also want to acknowledge all of the essential workers who are members of our Union who have been working every day since the pandemic began to keep our community and our country safe. We will continue to work to ensure that all workers – including vulnerable and precarious workers – have access to personal protective equipment, proper training and the supports they need to do their jobs safely.
An injury to one is an injury to all.