WHITEHORSE, YK, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Ken Neumann, Canadian National
Director of the United Steelworkers (USW), says it's time for elected
officials to act to protect worker safety.
"When a law isn't being enforced, it's incumbent on elected officials at
every level of government to fix it. While politicians talk, 1,000
Canadians continue to be killed at work each year. It's time for real
action to protect the safety of every worker in every province and
territory," said Neumann.
USW representatives have been in Whitehorse this week asking a gathering
of provincial and territorial justice ministers to improve enforcement
of the 2004 Westray amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada. The
Westray amendments allow for employers to be held criminally
accountable where negligence results in a worker's death.
"We are determined to assist provincial and territorial justice
ministers and attorneys-general to take up the cause and enforce a law
we fought hard to win," said USW Western Canada Director Stephen Hunt.
"The stories of incompetence, neglect and cynicism that lead to
preventable death continue unabated and unchallenged. That has to
The USW is calling on justice ministers and attorneys-general to ensure
*Crown attorneys are educated, trained and directed to apply the Westray
*Dedicated prosecutors are given the responsibility for health and
*Police are educated, trained and directed to apply the Westray
*There is greater coordination among regulators, police and Crown
attorneys so that health and safety regulators are trained to reach out
to police when there is a possibility that Westray amendment charges
The union has launched a website for its campaign at www.stopthekilling.ca
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Stephen Hunt, USW District 3 Director, 604-816-2554
Brad West, USW Communications, 604-754-1174, firstname.lastname@example.org