In 2005 a gas station attendant, Grant De Patie, was tragically killed while trying to stop a fleeing motorist from stealing gas from a service station in Maple Ridge. Following this loss, Grant’s family and the BC Federation of Labour (BC Fed) called for strengthened protections for those who work alone and at night which lead to the pay-before-you-pump rules.
On April 8th, workers’ advocates and the BC Fed will be holding their annual overnight sit-ins to mark the anniversary to the province’s changes to the rules, known as Grant’s Law, in Vancouver and Victoria.
We encourage members in the area to attend on their own time. It is important to show solidarity and to call for strengthened protection for workers who are made vulnerable by working at night or by themselves.
The protections which were implemented were rarely enforced and eventually some safety requirements were removed from the regulations by Christy Clark and the BC Liberals due to lobbying of corporate donors.
Event details for both the Vancouver and the Victoria sit-ins can be found here. http://bcfed.ca/events
The Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers National Local 1944