April 28th, 2022
Coombes: Day of Mourning a day to support workers and safer workplaces
Halifax – NDP Labour spokesperson Kendra Coombes made the following statement to mark the National Day of Mourning:
“On April 28, we pause to mourn those workers who were killed on the job or injured as a result of workplace accidents, including and especially the 26 miners killed 30 years ago this year, at Westray.
Today, as we hold ceremonies in person for the first time since the pandemic and mark the 38th Canadian observance of the Day of Mourning, we also express our tremendous gratitude for everyone who has faced serious risks to keep us all safe and our communities running.
We acknowledge the healthcare workers, as well as other essential service workers like cleaners and grocery workers, whose contributions are often underappreciated, many of whom have worked through the pandemic without access to permanent paid sick days or a living wage.
And we also celebrate the expanded coverage as of recently for workplace-related cancers for firefighters. The Nova Scotia NDP will continue to push to expand OHS protections for psychological safety and consider the mental health impacts of on-the-job stress.”