TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) National Director
Ken Neumann said Monday's fine for the first-ever criminal conviction under
2004 changes to the Criminal Code of Canada does not do justice to the
legislation or to the family of the worker killed on the job at Quebec-based
"A fine of $110,000 following a conviction of criminal negligence causing
death is not in keeping with the intent of the legislative changes that
Steelworkers in particular fought for over a decade to achieve."
The Criminal Code changes are known as the Westray Bill, after the deaths
of 26 miners in the 1992 explosion of the Westray coal mine in Nova Scotia.
"We are pleased that the Westray Bill has finally resulted in a
conviction and we will continue the fight to have corporations, their
directors and executives criminally accountable for putting workers' lives at
risk," Neumann said. "If they did the crime, they should do the time."
The USW is Canada's most diverse industrial union, representing more than
280,000 men and women working in every sector of Canada's economy.
For further information:
For further information: Ken Neumann, (416) 487-1571 or (416) 558-2510