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Workers' Memorial Day

Workers memorial day poster
Workers' Memorial Day poster

Workers' Memorial Day takes place annually on April 28, an international day of remembrance and action for workers who died or were injured on the job. It also encourages us to think of ways in which we all can help to achieve the goal of safer and healthier workplaces.

Workers ribbon
Workers ribbon

According to the International Labour Organisation, more than two million people die each year as a result of work-related accidents and diseases. Workers' Memorial Day was started by the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1984. In 1991, the Canadian Parliament passed an Act respecting a National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace, making April 28 an official Workers' Mourning Day. It is now an international day of remembrance.

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