Workers and families are asking municipal councillors in Pictou County to support the Stop the Killing, Enforce the Law campaign
PICTOU COUNTY, NS, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The National Director of the United Steelworkers (USW) and members of the Westray Families' Group will attend the March 10 Municipal Council meeting to call on councillors to support a resolution for better enforcement of a law that holds corporations, their directors and executives criminally accountable for workplace deaths.
|WHO:||United Steelworkers National Director Ken Neumann and Westray Families|
|WHAT:||Motion presentation to Pictou County Council|
|WHERE:||Council Chambers, 46 Municipal Drive, Pictou|
|WHEN:||7 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014|
The 'Westray Law' was passed unanimously in Parliament a decade ago. It came in response to the horrific Westray coalmine explosion in Pictou County that killed 26 miners on May 9, 1992, and after a strong lobby campaign to demand "No More Westrays."
However, in the decade since, more than 9,000 Canadians have been killed on the job, yet not one corporate executive has faced a single day in jail.
The United Steelworkers has launched a national campaign asking Attorneys-General to take steps to enforce the Westray Law. The resolution to Pictou County Municipal Council asks for support of this initiative.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-558-2510
Stephen Hunt, USW District 3 Director, 604-816-2554
Sylvia Boyce, USW Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator, 905-741-9830, [email protected]
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, [email protected]