Today is the International Day of Mourning, a day typically set aside to recognize workers killed on the job. Yesterday was the ceremony in Victoria held at Camosun College and attended by dignitaries, MPs, MLAs and City Councilors. It was also a day with a new theme: violence and harassment are not part of the job.
When violence becomes normalized in the workplace, death is an inevitable consequence.
I was honoured to be one of the speakers at yesterday’s event and I spoke on the way in which violence is so embedded in some jobs, it is actually listed in their job description. I also gave my account of what it was like to be harassed on the job and how it felt to cry every day at my desk for months as I was bullied by my manager. It was a somber day that really highlighted the need for support of workers.
When violence becomes normalized in the workplace, death is an inevitable consequence. If we don’t support each other and demand protection in our jobs, we will forever be considered expendable pawns in the workforce.