Criminal charges laid against a Sarnia company more than a year after the death of one worker and serious injury to five others is proof that a campaign to enforce a law passed more than a decade ago is resulting in the appropriate response by law enforcement and the courts, says Marty Warren, Ontario/Atlantic Director of the United Steelworkers (USW).
“Our campaign to Stop the Killing and Enforce the Law has been gaining support over the last year,” said Warren. “We are tired of seeing workers killed at a rate of 1,000 a year across Canada, while corporations and their leadership are not held accountable.”
Warren said the USW’s concerns are for all workers, unionized or not, and that support has been growing in municipalities, includingSarnia, which have passed resolutions calling for better enforcement and prosecution under 2003-04 amendments to the Criminal Code. Few charges, and fewer convictions, have occurred over the last 12 years since the amendments, known as the Westray Bill, were passed.