he United Steelworkers’ (USW) Ontario/Atlantic Director Marty Warren says the union has not changed its demand for the Province of Ontario to do more to enforce the Westray amendments to the Criminal Code to hold companies and their directors accountable for workplace death and injury.
“The Ontario Premier and his Attorney-General and Labour Minister must initiate protocols and training to prosecutors and law enforcement to ensure enforcement of the Westray Law. That may require funding and resources but it must be done to ensure safe and healthy workplaces in Ontario,” Warren said.
“For far too long, companies have been able to get away with fines and an absolute minimum of accountability when they kill or maim workers,” he said. “It is 2018 in Ontario. If this new government is really ‘for the people,’ it must take this step and save lives in Ontario workplaces.”