first_imgThe following is a statement by Premier Stephen McNeil. On June 11, 1925, thousands of striking coal miners in Cape Breton marched through the streets and around Waterford Lake, taking a stand against harsh treatment by their employer. After reaching their destination, company police began firing at the unarmed miners. William Davis, a second-generation miner, husband and father, was killed. Several others were wounded by the more than 300 shots fired that day. They have not been forgotten. Each year on June 11, Nova Scotians have recognized William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day – a time to pay tribute to and reflect on the memory of William Davis and all miners who have lost their lives on the job. Their sacrifices have advanced workers’ rights and workplace safety in our province – not just for miners, but for all of us. Government’s commitment to workplace safety has resulted in positive changes, like stronger legislation for mining operations and tougher laws for employers who repeatedly put workers at risk. When we all commit to keeping each other safe at work, we help ensure every Nova Scotian who goes to work in the morning returns home safely at the end of the day. -30-last_img

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