PSA: A Change.org petition (Change.org/HalifaxTransitMasks) started on behalf of transit workers is calling for enforcement of mandatory face masks on all public transit in Halifax. While masks have been technically mandatory on all transit buses since July, there is currently no enforcement or penalties for not wearing a mask.
In Nova Scotia, about 25% of the workforce is excluded from basic workers’ compensation coverage. We believe that every worker deserves to come home safe and healthy at the end of their workday.
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Danny Cavanagh wants more criminal investigations of workplace accidents. “Twenty-two-year-old Brandon Alcorn died from a head injury after he fell from the roof of the Kent Building Supplies store in Dartmouth Crossing on March 13, 2018, and we are now seeing charges laid.
This weekend we feature a video about the Westray mine disaster, in recognition of Friday’s National Day of Mourning. But it’s two for the price of one, as I also editorialize about lessons seemingly never learned, and the godawful safety record of the company that is opening the Donkin mine in Cape Breton.
Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, on this Friday’s National Day of Mourning, Westray and why the federal government must enforce laws holding employers criminally accountable for workplace death and injury.