It is the National Day of Mourning for workers injured on the job on April 28 and after a request on behalf of the District Health and Safety Committee, represented by Tammie Koroluk (CUPE 523 – SD83 Unit Chairperson), the Board approved a decision to lower the flags at all school sites and at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) on Friday April 26, in recognition of this.
Koroluk, whose own aunt was killed while flagging, spoke passionately at the meeting about worker safety and especially about the need to keep young workers safe as they enter the workforce.
After the presentation, trustee Marty Gibbons added that approximately 1,000 workers get killed in Canada each year and young workers are injured and killed in a disproportionate rate. “We need to provide young people with some understanding of their legal rights to work safe,” he commented.
“Not only do we want to give our young people opportunities to learn about careers but we also want them to drive home safe and sound,” said Koroluk.
It was requested that information about this day be shared with schools and the community so people would be aware of why the flags were lowered.
Koroluk also provided an overview to the Board on the work of the District Safety Committee.
More info on Day of Mourning and SD83 Safety Committee can be read here.