“Enough is enough. It’s time to listen to those who provide the hands-on, life-giving care for our most vulnerable neighbours and family members." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
health and safety
"The health and safety of the workers is being repeatedly jeopardized because of the incompetence seen in the design and construction of the facility." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Halifax (11 Sept. 2015) — The first-ever charge has been laid against an employer under Bill 45, better known as the Westray Bill, in Nova Scotia. The law came into effect as a result of a massive underground mine explosion in 1992 that killed 26 men.
After the explosion, the labour movement pressured Parliament to pass legislation that amended the Criminal Code of Canada to hold criminally liable employers who failed to take steps to protect the lives of their employees. The Westray Bill provided a new regime outlining the framework of corporate liability in Canada.
Although Macatee's appointment and recommendations were in response to mill safety concerns, changes brought about through Bill 9 apply to all B.C. workplaces.
BCGEU/NUPGE again takes the lead on fighting for workplace safety for corrections and sherriff services members.
Two years to the day after highway worker Wayne Wall was killed on the job, charges have been made against his employer, the Department of Transportation and Works.
Changes would make coverage accessible to all workers under the Workers Compensation Act.
April 28 is the Day of Mourning for Workers Injured and Killed on the Job. Union's have struggled for decades to make workplaces safer but much more needs to be done!
Get your walking shoes on! Take part in the Threads of Life 5-km walks in May!
The introduction of legislation in British Columbia to improve workplace health and safety and hold negligent employers accountable is welcomed by the province's unions, but they warn that there must be enforcement of the new laws.