*January 7, 2010 - 7pm
2757 Kipling Avenue
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*Four construction workers with precarious immigration status fell to
their deaths on Christmas Eve in one of the worst workplace
disasters that Toronto has seen in decades.* The swing stage scaffolding
they were working on broke into two pieces, plummeting the four workers
over 13 stories to the concrete below at 2757 Kipling Avenue. A fifth man is
in critical condition and will need medical attention for the rest of his
*We mourn the deaths of these workers. We are enraged that such
injustice can take place.* Migrant workers take care of children, feed
communities, construct housing, clean offices, and take up many other
occupations in almost all industries but are treated like second-class
workers and denied even the most basic protections.
The workers who died were provided insufficient safety harnesses and forced
to work on a site where a cease and desist order had been issued. Workers
without full status work the most dangerous jobs in the country and are
systemically prevented from being able to assert their rights. These workers
died because Canada denied them full status.
Government officials, recruiters and employers need to be prosecuted while
those precariously employed need to be protected at work! While we
commemorate and celebrate the lives of these workers, we also demand
justice for the workers, their families and all migrant workers across this
province. Broad and far reaching changes are needed.
Alexander Bondorev, Aleksey Blumberg, Fayzullo Fazilov, Vladimir Korostin,
survivor Dilshod Mamurov and all injured and killed workers demand this.
Full Statement: http://toronto.nooneisillegal.org/node/369
*Organized by Justice for Migrant Workers and No One Is Illegal-Toronto*