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IAM Canada Statement on Attacks in Brussels

March 23, 2016

For Immediate Release

TORONTO, ON  - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Canada are deeply saddened and condemn the attacks in Brussels on 22 March, 2016.

Dave Ritchie, Canadian General Vice-President of the IAM, on behalf of the Canadian membership, said, “on behalf of the entire IAM family, we mourn the loss of those who were killed or injured and send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of all those who were affected.

At least 34 people were killed and dozens more injured after two blasts went off in the departure hall of Brussels Zaventem Airport as well as in the Maelbeek subway station in Brussels on Tuesday morning.

“That so many were killed and injured on a day where they were going to work, to see their families, or partake in the routine of daily life is all the more tragic. Innocent people should have the safety and security of knowing they can walk about freely,“ said Ritchie. “We hope those who are injured heal quickly and those who mourn cherish the memories of their loved ones,” he said

“I ask all IAM members and all Canadians to join me in mourning and to continue the work for a better and peaceful world,” Said Ritchie.

The IAM represents more than 40,000 Canadian workers in air transport and a wide range of manufacturing including aircraft, auto parts, buses, aerospace, electronics, light and heavy machinery, tools and appliances. We are the largest airport security screeners union in Canada. The IAM also represents a growing number of workers in the health care and hospitality sectors as well as office, technical and other white-collar workers.


For further information:

Dave Ritchie – Canadian General Vice-President, 416-386-1789

Bill Trbovich – IAM Director of Communications, 416-386-1789 Ext #6331/416-735-9765