Workers' rights advocates protest firing of construction worker
Workers' rights advocates braved the cold to protest the firing of a construction worker Saturday. The group marched to the site of the 7 Rio Tower, a high rise condominium building going up near 6th Street and Guadalupe. According to the Workers Defense Project, earlier this month, a 19-year-old construction worker was taken to the hospital after he was crushed by a load of reinforcing steel that fell from a crane. They say he spoke to federal investigators about the accident and was fired the next day. They believe he was illegally retaliated against for speaking up about possible unsafe working conditions.
"We are going to continue to demand that the contractor give him his job back or offer to give him his job back and we also want to make sure that the general contractor in charge of this site doesn't allow these deadly conditions to continue," says Patricia Zavala with the Workers Defense Project.
According to the Workers Defense Project, Texas is the deadliest state in the country for construction workers with more than 100 workers killed on the job each year.