The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour is calling on the provincial government to collaborate with them to create a worker fatalities crisis strategy.
The SFL has gone as far to say they’re willing to host the province, as well as other stakeholders for an emergency meeting on the matter.
President Lori Johb said this is something the SFL has been talking about for years.
“We have seen the number of fatalities in our province increase dramatically, especially in this year,” Johb said. “It is to the point where I have heard people refer to it as a crisis situation, and I firmly believe that that’s true.
“I think that we need to do much more to address this issue. ”
Johb said the SFL is calling for more public awareness for workers rights.
“We believe that there are many workers out there that may be intimidated or unsure about their rights,” Johb said. “I think that it is time for our government, our employers and other workers and worker organizations need to step up and do a better job of informing and educating workers on their rights.
Minister for Labour relations Don Morgan said this is a country-wide issue.
“We know it’s surprising and I don’t have any answer for it but some of the other provinces are up as well. Usually most years we see a decline. It’s troubling when it goes up.”
So far in 2018, there have been 45 workplace deaths in the province including the six that occurred as a result of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April.