Early statistics for 2016 suggest levels of violence are increasing and the number of assaults will be even higher this year.
Occupational Health and Safety
“If policy-makers are serious about meaningfully addressing the unacceptably high toll of workplace injuries, the first step is to take greater responsibility for ensuring the public understands the reality of how, where, and why workers are being injured and killed at work.” — Jason Foster and Bob Barnetson, co-authors Buried and Forgotten
“On April 28, we join with our sisters and brothers and neighbours and friends in mourning for those who have lost their lives through workplace-related events. Then, we once again roll up our sleeves and fight to protect the health and safety of the living.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“I think you’re a good guy, Minister, but we’re going to keep your feet to the fire until this crisis has been fixed.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
To put it in perspective, the first significant wildfire event this year occurred some 3 weeks earlier than in 2015 and Environment Canada is forecasting an 80 to 90 per cent chance that B.C. will be hotter than average through June.
"The issues we raised don’t just affect the working conditions of our members, they also have a serious impact on our justice system." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Cancer cluster is found at a hospital in B.C.; unions fight at the highest level to show causation.
“Violence is not a condition of employment that anyone agrees to accept when taking a job,” he said. We will continue to support Local 329, and all workers in dangerous workplaces, in every way we can.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
We will wait for the report from BC Corrections to see what they have done to ensure that FRCC has addressed these violations." — Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice-President Corrections and Sheriff Services
“At a time when government is investing in safety measures at the legislature, why are they content with our courthouses being unsafe?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU acting President