A black and white photo of a huge billboard showing records of injuries in a mine by department.

Join us for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic wildcat strike by the Elliot Lake Steelworkers. In 1974, miners there went on strike for improved health and safety conditions. The impact of the strike went beyond the mine site and resulted in the Ontario provincial government forming a Royal Commission, referred to as the Ham Commission, to study the issues of health and safety in mines. The commission made several recommendations, one of which was the inclusion of joint health and safety committees in legislation. This recommendation led to Bill 70, which established the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 1978.

This was a great achievement for our union and workers in the province. This was also the beginning of a new era in worker health and safety with the rest of the country following suit and modernizing worker protections.

Today, protection of our basic health and safety rights can be attributed in no small part to the committed activists of Elliot Lake.

Participants will have a chance to hear from guest speakers on the topic and discuss the significance of this history and its impacts in today’s workplace. We will also look at ways in which we can further the work of health and safety activists.

This will be a bilingual event with interpretation.

April 16 from 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET on Zoom.


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