Today, On April 28, is the Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. CBC reports for the first time organized labour has chosen to rally around one workplace health issue in particular: asbestos.
It’s estimated that asbestos-related diseases (like mesothelioma and lung cancer) kill more than 2,000 people ever year in Canada. Death from mesothelioma increased 60 percent between 2000 and 2012. Yet, just last year before losing power the Harper government actually made it easier to import products containing asbestos. CUPE National President Mark Hancock has stated,