UNA marks National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women today United Nurses of Alberta recognizes the anniversary today of the senseless slaying in Montreal of 14 young women by a mentally ill man and encourages the union’s members to take a stand against abuse, violence, and harassment in the workplace.
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered because of their gender at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
“Working on the front-lines of health care, Alberta’s nurses see the impact of violence against women, and sometimes experience it in their own workplaces,” said UNA President Heather Smith.
“This solemn occasion reminds us to renew our commitment as trade unionists and citizens to seeking practical ways to end violence against women and girls in Canadian homes, communities and workplaces.”
UNA continues to strive to create safer workplaces for Alberta’s nurses, their patients and patients’ families through Professional Responsibility Concern and Occupational Health & Safety committees.
“Alberta’s nurses have a right to a safe working environment and a responsibility to make sure the rules are enforced to create a safe environment for our patients, residents, clients, and coworkers,” Smith said.