TORONTO, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers' (USW) campaign
for improved workplace safety and enforcement of the Westray Law is
gaining momentum with the Nova Scotia government's decision to hire a
Special Prosecutor for workplace safety investigations.
"This is an important step forward for workplace safety," said Ken
Neumann, USW National Director. "Our union is campaigning across Canada
for better enforcement of the 2004 amendments to Canada's Criminal Code
that are supposed to hold corporations, their directors and executives
accountable for workplace death and injury."
Earlier this year a delegation of Steelworkers met with provincial and
federal officials in Nova Scotia to press for immediate action.
"Nova Scotians lived through the Westray disaster and they understand
first-hand the importance of ensuring criminal prosecutions in the case
of workplace negligence. Our message is being heard and our campaign is
working," Neumann said.
The Stop the Killing, Enforce the Law campaign is gaining support across
the country, with endorsements from municipal councils, police
associations, aboriginal groups, family groups and others. The campaign
focuses on ensuring that dedicated Crown attorneys are trained and
directed to apply the Westray amendments, with greater coordination
among safety agencies, police and Crowns.
"We call on all provinces and territories to do the right thing and
ensure that all workers are protected and all employers are held
accountable," Neumann said.
More than 1,000 workers are killed at work every year, but only a
handful of criminal charges have been laid and most have ended with
plea bargains and/or fines, he noted.
Details on the Stop the Killing campaign, including video testimony from
families who have lost loved ones, can be found at www.stopthekilling.ca.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org