News Release from Mary Shortall, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour
On behalf of the 70,000 members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), I want to congratulate Chief Joe Boland and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC), for undertaking a training session for their officers in investigating workplace serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs), and applying amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code – C45 (The Westray Act).
Everyone who goes to work each day plans to return home. Yet too many workers die as a result of their livelihood. Statistics tell us that on average, 1000 workers a year die in work-related incidents in Canada, either as a result of occupational disease or by a traumatic event. A significant number of these workplace fatalities are young workers under the age of 25. Overall Canada ranks as the 5th worst country in the OECD for serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs).
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) Expects a Government that Works for Workers
By Thursday evening, people in NL will know who will lead the province for the next four years. What can we expect? History tells us many promises made on the campaign trail will never be realized. Openness and transparency will morph into back-room deals and insider secrecy. Yet, we live in hope things will be different this time around. You can read NLFL President Mary Shortall’s full letter to the editor here.
In this 2019 election let‘s elect a government that is committed to a fair economy that addresses the needs of all citizens in the province. We need a government that will protect workers’ rights, strengthen our public services and build a sustainable economy. Ask candidates where they stand on these important issues.
Join us Tuesday April 30 at 7 pm in Salon A at the Delta Hotel to hear the position of all four party leaders on key social and economic issues facing the province. This event will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/NLFED/