National Day of Mourning's 25th Anniversary | National Union of Public and General Employees

National Day of Mourning's 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, in 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) launched what was to become a worldwide remembrance for workers killed on the job.

Ottawa (16 April 2009) - April 28th is observed as a National Day of Mourning in more than 20 countries. In 1991 Canada was the first country to adopt the day as a national event.

In 2007, according to the latest report from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), 1,055 people lost their lives at work. That’s four people every work day:

  • Dead because their workplace was not safe.
  • Dead because they got injured.
  • Dead because they got cancer.
  • Dead because they were attacked.

Four people every day who never come home again. Dead because their employer failed to ensure they were safe at work.

This abdication of responsibility from governments and employers must be challenged.

The National Union has created a poster for display in workplaces and community gathering locations. To order the 2009 poster contact NUPGE at or phone in your order at 613-228-9800. To download the poster see the attachment below.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE

More Information

CLC's Day of Mourning 2009 Statement

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