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White Rock marks Worker's Day of Mourning

Ralph Volkens, representing the Canadian Union of Public Employees, speaks outside White Rock city hall Friday, in a ceremony marking the Worker
Ralph Volkens, representing the Canadian Union of Public Employees, speaks outside White Rock city hall Friday, in a ceremony marking the Worker's Day of Mourning.
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Police, union and city officials gathered outside White Rock city hall Friday morning to pay tribute to those who have been injured or killed at work.

The 8 a.m. ceremony was to mark international Worker's Day of Mourning, which is observed annually every April 28.

Started in Canada – where April 28 is the anniversary of the milestone passage of the nation's first Workers Compensation Act in 1914 – the tradition takes place in more than 100 countries around the world.

Speakers Friday included Mayor Wayne Baldwin and Ralph Volkens, who represented the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

In committing last month to hold the ceremony, Baldwin told council the City of White Rock has been fortunate in never having lost "one of our own" to a workplace accident. A moment of silence was held in council chambers April 16, followed by a presentation by CUPE Local chair, Mike Guraliuk.

Guraliuk invited council and citizens to join the New Westminster & District Labour Council at an April 28 ceremony, at 11 a.m. on the New Westminster Quay.

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