The Kamloops & District Labour Council’s Online Day of Mourning Ceremony
Every year on the Day of Mourning, we mourn the dead and recommit to fighting for the living.
The KDLC and Canadian unions are marking the National Day of Mourning by calling attention to the human cost of the COVID-19 pandemic. For over a year, the world has faced unprecedented upheaval due to COVID-19. “The virus and its variants have wrought havoc on our society and laid bare a troubling lack of protection for workers” Hassan Yussuff, President of the CLC said. “Over the last year, we have witnessed how vulnerable we all are. This pandemic has shone a light on egregious gaps in workplace protections and exposed employers who choose to put profits over people.”
Evidence from across the country shows that the virus is spreading at work, not only in health care settings but also in factories, meat works, warehouses, schools, offices, transportation and other sectors. Workers have had to fight for access to appropriate, effective protective equipment, COVID-safe practices at work, paid sick leave and respect for their basic health and safety rights. However, these problems existed before the pandemic and have resulted in millions of deaths around the world each year from work-related injuries and diseases.