Canada’s Building Trades Unions Mark April 28 as National Day of Mourning Call on Federal Government for National Registry of Asbestos

Apr 28, 2019

– CBTU call on Federal Government to continue work on Asbestos file, create national registry of Asbestos-contaminated buildings-

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) marked the National Day of Mourning with an inaugural ceremony at the Workers Memorial in Major’s Hill Park, in Ottawa, ON. The CBTU are calling on the Federal Government to continue the steps they’ve taken, to protect workers from the dangerous legacy of asbestos.

“Canada’s Building Trades Unions take time, today, to remember, acknowledge and offer our deepest gratitude to those who have been injured, fallen ill or lost their life while at work; for it has been these people, who have been the catalyst for change,” said Arlene Dunn, Director, Canada’s Building Trades Unions. “CBTU’s members build, maintain and renovate infrastructure across Canada, at times, working in industries that can be some of the most dangerous. But it is the work we do with government, employers and owners to recommit ourselves to safety; and through our commitment to excellence throughout our 175 training centres that we prepare our members with the skills and safety training to return home at the end of each and every day, that marks how far we’ve come.”

Dunn was joined by Darrell LaBoucan, Executive Director of Canadian Affairs for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Larry Rousseau, the Executive Vice President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Rodger Cuzner, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Laura Dudas, the Deputy Mayor of Ottawa to mark the event which saw over 100 people gather to mark the day.

“In their efforts to protect workers, we commend the Government of Canada for delivering on their promise to ban the import and use of asbestos. However, we must not stop there. The implementation of the ban opens the door for Canada to deal with the legacy of asbestos in our built environment and the continuing flow of disease stemming from past and current exposures. We need an asbestos agency which would be mandated to develop a comprehensive Canadian asbestos strategy. We will continue to advocate for all workers – especially those who can’t advocate for themselves – to improve the health and safety of all Canadians,” said Dunn.