BURNABY, BC, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Local government elected officials
from British Columbia have voted overwhelmingly to add their support to
the United Steelworkers' campaign to "Stop the Killing, Enforce the
Delegates to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention,
representing every B.C. municipality, considered a resolution submitted
by multiple communities demanding that senior levels of government work
cooperatively to ensure that the Westray Amendments to the Criminal
Code are enforced in cases where corporate negligence results in the
death of a worker.
United Steelworkers western Canadian Director Stephen Hunt says the
endorsement adds significant momentum to the union's campaign for
worker safety and that the provincial and federal governments can no
longer ignore this critical issue.
"The UBCM's endorsement of this campaign sends an unmistakable message
to Victoria and Ottawa - it's time for action. Over 1,000 Canadians a
year are dying at work. It's unacceptable and it's preventable," says
"The Westray Law was passed unanimously by the House of Commons to hold
companies accountable and it's up to government to follow through on
the promises they made to the families who've lost loved ones. It's
time for them to enforce the law."
The UBCM's endorsement follows months of lobbying by the United
Steelworkers which has resulted in municipalities across Canada passing
resolutions demanding proactive steps be taken to address workplace
"Local government leaders in British Columbia are helping us lead the
way. With their support, we are now asking local government
associations in other provinces to join our fight. This campaign is
about ensuring that every day that workers leave for work, they come
home to their families," says Hunt.
"We're pleased that mayors and councillors understand the critical
importance of this issue and we're asking senior levels of government
to work cooperatively with us to make safe workplaces a reality for
every worker no matter where they live and work."
More information about the United Steelworkers' Stop the Killing,
Enforce the Law campaign is available at www.stopthekilling.ca
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Stephen Hunt, USW District 3 Director, 604-816-2554
Brad West, USW Communications, 604-313-9185, firstname.lastname@example.org