OTTAWA, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - One of Canada's largest unions is calling
on the government of Saskatchewan to hold an inquiry into safety
practices in the mining industry after 20 workers were confined
underground overnight following a fire.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada President Dave
Coles stressed his union's great relief that the workers came away
relatively unscathed from yesterday's fire at the Potash Corp-owned
mine near Rocanville.
"But this is no time to rest on our laurels," he said, noting that the
potash industry has seen more than 50 fatalities in Saskatchewan since
its inception in the late 1950s, with three in the last in two years."
In January 2006, he recalled that 72 miners, members of CEP Local 890
and 892, survived a fire at Mosaic's potash mine in Esterhazy, "thanks
again to workers' vigilant safety practices."
"I have to wonder how many more accidents we have to have before
somebody dies again. An inquiry to see if proper safety procedures and
protocols are being followed is definitely in order. One accident is
one too many."
CEP has always made emphasis on safety procedures a top priority in the
workplace. In the energy sector, CEP's Health, Safety and Industrial
Relations Fund provides top-notch education program and leading-edge
research on health, safety available to about 10,000 members working
approximately 40 employers.
CEP is the largest union in several key sectors of the Canadian economy,
including forestry, energy, communications, and media.
SOURCE: COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles, (613) 299-5628