The Day of Mourning offers us an opportunity to stand together with the world’s workers to remember those who have died on the job, and to reflect on what needs to be done to prevent more deaths and injuries. On April 28th:
◆ We remember all workers stricken with workplace illness, suffering injuries or killed on the job.
◆ We remember children left without a parent and families facing hardship and deprivation.
◆ We remember young workers who are injured and killed at a much higher rate than mature workers.
◆ We remember women workers whose hazards are often unrecognized or ignored by health studies.
◆ We remember the working wounded who are forced to continue to work because they are denied fair compensation.
◆ We remember families and friends who have to nurse or care for ill or injured workers.
The Day of Mourning was born of the values of the union movement. It was created by working people in their constant fight for decent, safe working conditions. Remembering that union struggles help us obtain laws and protections to make workplaces safe:
◆ We vow that “an injury to one is an injury to all.”
◆ We demand the enforcement of health and safety laws.
◆ We denounce those who place profits before workers’ health.
◆ We proclaim our right to safe workplaces and respect on the job.
On April 28th, we reaffirm our solidarity and commitment to workplace health and safety and clearly state to all that we mourn the dead and fight for the living.