RE: Urgent action required after fifth temp worker death at Fiera Foods
Toronto, Oct. 08, 2019
Dear Premier Doug Ford,
As you know, on Wednesday, September 25, Enrico Miranda, a father of two, was killed
on the job. As you also know, Mr. Miranda is the fifth temporary agency worker who
has died on the job at Fiera Foods or an affiliated company.
Shockingly, it has been almost two weeks since his death and yet we have heard nothing
from you. You have chosen to remain silent, despite having the power to implement
legislation that could have prevented this tragedy.
Mr. Ford, this is the second worker killed at Fiera Foods under your watch.
Had you implemented Section 83(4) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act - legislation
which has already passed, but simply needs your signature - Mr. Miranda might still
be alive today.
That’s why we are writing to you to demand that you immediately enact this existing
law that will make companies using temp agencies financially responsible under the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act for workplace deaths and injuries.
Laws like this will make companies like Fiera Foods think twice before putting temp
workers into harm’s way.
There’s no more time to waste, and we need you to take action to make sure this
is the last temp agency worker death.
Implement Section 83(4) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act - right now!
We expect to hear from you right away, and certainly no later than Friday, October
Ontarians deserve to know whether their premier will stand up for workers – or whether
he will remain silent and continue allowing companies to treat their workers’ lives
Butterfly GoPaul, Resident Member, Jane Finch Action Against Poverty
Deena Ladd, Executive Director, Workers’ Action Centre
Chris Buckley, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
Pam Frache, Provincial Coordinator, Fight for $15 and Fairness