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20th Anniversary of Westray Law

Three people looking at a monument in a park. Names of dead people are engraved on the monument.

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – Twenty years after the enactment of the Westray Law that holds corporations criminally responsible for workplace deaths and injuries, the struggle continues.

At the end of March, 2004, 12 years after the tragic, needless and preventable deaths of 26 miners in the Westray Mine explosion in 1992, important amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada were enacted.

Members of the Westray Families Group, and representatives of local and national labour organizations gather to mark the Westray Law’s anniversary and call for renewed action to end workplace deaths and injuries.

No one should die just for going to work.

WHAT:      20th anniversary of the enactment of the Westray Law

                   Remarks, musical performance, laying of wreaths, reading of names

WHEN:      Tuesday, March 26, 2024

                   11:00 a.m., Atlantic

WHERE:    Their Light Shall Always Shine Westray Miners Memorial Park

                   Corner of Park Street and Walkerville Road

                   New Glasgow, Nova Scotia                                                        

WHO:        Members of the Westray Families Group

                   Rev. Glen Matheson

                   Bea Bruske, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) President

                   Marty Warren, USW National Director

                   Danny Cavanagh, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL) President

                   Myles Sullivan, USW District 6 Director (Atlantic Canada)

                   E.B. Anderson, performance of “26 Ghosts”

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