BC Labour and Families of Workplace Tragedies Call for Tougher Approach on Negligent Employers

Yesterday, the families and representatives of victims of five tragic workplace incidents joined B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair for a meeting with Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond and Minister of Labour Margaret MacDiarmid.

During the meeting, the families and Sinclair outlined a 3 point plan for justice and accountability, as they pressed their case for a tougher approach on negligent employers.

Bond and MacDiarmid listened attentively and offered a series of follow-up processes, to move the criminal justice system forward towards prosecuting negligent employers where their negligence causes death or serious injury.

Over the past year, the Manitoba Federation of Labour has been actively lobbying the Manitoba government to do more to ensure the Westray Law is enforced, The Westray Law provides for criminal prosecutions of employers responsible for workpalce deaths and serious injuries. In May, the province responded with a commitment to conduct a review of Westray Law enforcement. The MFL is monitoring the progress of this reveiw closely.

Read more HERE about the BC campaign for justice and accountability in workplace tragedies.

Read the iPolitics story about this issue HERE.

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