Union calls for criminal charges

Quebec union wants charges under corporate killing law brought in death of worker
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A Quebec union is calling on the province’s attorney general to file criminal charges against a company for the death of a young worker in 2005.

The Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) wants the government to lay charges under the Criminal Code. The federal government made amendments to the Criminal Code in 2004 when it passed Bill C-45, clearing the way for criminal charges to be laid against corporations and individuals when a worker is injured or killed on the job.

Steve L’Ecuyer, a 23-year-old worker at Transpavé, a concrete products manufacturer in Saint-Eustache, Que., was killed on the job last October shortly after being hired, the union said.