The ILO estimates that 2.3 million women and men lose their lives each year. That means that since Bridget was walking and stumbled upon the Worker’s Memorial in Simcoe Park in Toronto around 26.5 million lives have been lost. The memorial was a Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) millennium project to honour lives lost. Bridget just happened upon it while walking on her first visit to Toronto many years ago.
At least one more life will have been lost as you read that paragraph.
This International Workers Memorial Day, we remember the dead and fight for the living just as we did last year and we will next year too.
This year though we urge everyone to join us today and every day to help make a difference. There is so much going on in the world around us and not only are lives being lost but damage is being done to the world around us that will never be repaired but hopefully can be halted.
Whether it’s working to ensure everyone gets home safe or it’s making our individual difference for climate change, pollution, the products we use and the choices we make – we must make a difference.
This isn’t someone else’s job or the job of a future generation – this is now. Today and everyday. For every single one of us.
We hope you will join us…
Remember the dead, fight for the living.