Injured Workers Day 2017
June 1 marks Injured Workers Day: Union, activists, and injured workers, their family, and friends, all join together to rally for respect, dignity and justice for those injured, made ill, or killed on the job.
Injured Workers Day events began the evening of May 31 with an overnight vigil held by the Women of Inspiration. Participants sang, shared stories, and built solidarity at Queen’s Park.
On June 1, a group of about 200 people met at Queen’s Park to rally and hear speakers. Guests included OFL President Chris Buckley, MPPs Cindy Forster and Cheri DiNovo, representatives from the $15 & Fairness campaign, and more. The group marched down to the Ministry of Labour and met up with approximately 300 CUPE Members, each carrying a pink flag.
At the Ministry speakers included CUPE National President Mark Hancock, and CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn. The rally also heard from Janice Martell from the McIntyre Powder Project, Tanya Williams who discussed health care work and workplace violence, and a performance by the Justice Singers.
A panel discussion, hosted at OCAD, included a General Electric (GE) Peterborough worker, an OHCOW representative, Janice Martell, a CUPE healthcare worker, two injured workers, and an OPSEU member talking about accreditation, and health & safety.