SFL offers to host emergency meeting to develop a Worker Fatalities Crisis Strategy

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 3, 2018

 

SFL offers to host emergency meeting to develop a Worker Fatalities Crisis Strategy

 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is calling on the Sask. Party government to take urgent action on the province’s current worker fatalities crisis, and has offered to host an emergency meeting with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive strategy to better protect workers.

 

“We need a comprehensive Worker Fatalities Crisis Strategy in Saskatchewan. The provincial government has not done enough to protect workers in this province, so the SFL is now taking on that leadership role; we hope the provincial government will join with us,” said SFL President Lori Johb, “if the provincial government will join with us to better protect workers, we stand ready to host an emergency meeting of worker organizations, the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB), and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with the worker fatalities crisis we are facing,” she added.

 

Workplace fatalities have jumped significantly in 2018. By the end of September of this year, the number of worker deaths had already reached 40 – with many more workers having been injured on the job in that time.

 

In addition to joining with the SFL to develop a comprehensive Worker Fatalities Crisis Strategy, there are a few things the provincial government can do immediately to help protect workers and save lives:

 

 

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For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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