VANCOUVER - A powerful labour organization in British Columbia is demanding jail time for employers if their negligence causes the death of a worker.
The call from B.C. Federation of Labour secretary-treasurer Irene Lanzinger comes as workers across the country take part in ceremonies to remember those lost in work-related incidents or to occupational diseases.
Lanzinger says the federation believes employers in several cases have been negligent but have not faced criminal prosecution, or have received what she terms a slap on the wrist.
She says fines are not a deterrent because large companies can simply absorb a monetary penalty.
April 28 has been declared a national Day of Mourning, with the main event in British Columbia taking place at Jack Poole Plaza in downtown Vancouver.
The B.C. Federation of Labour says 128 people suffered job-related deaths in this province in 2013. (CHNL)