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Windsor Injured Workers participating in provincial Day of Action
May 13, 2019
The Windsor Injured Workers is holding an action tomorrow, Tuesday May 14 to denounce the unjust treatment of injured workers that is being carried out by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and the provincial government. The event will take place at Charles Clark Square 215 Chatham Street, and is part of an Ontario-wide Day of Action organized by the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG).
“Since 2010, the WSIB’s bank account has doubled, while compensation to injured workers has been cut in half,” said Windsor Injured Worker member. “When people are injured or made ill on the job, we have a right to be treated with dignity and respect. But the WSIB and the government seem to be working hand-in-hand to try and take that away from us.”
Presently, the government is conducting a closed-door review of the WSIB, with early reports suggesting that privatizing the workers’ compensation system is on the table. An American-style private insurance scheme would make things go from bad to worse for injured workers, only leading to further pain.
This comes on the heels of the fall announcement that the premiums employers pay into the system are being reduced by 30% - nearly a $1.5 billion gift to employers at the expense of workers. This is exactly what Mike Harris did when he was Premier, and it meant a restriction on compensation benefits because there was too little money coming into the system.
“Since the Ford government got elected, its attacks on social assistance, people with disabilities, healthcare, students, labour rights, and more, have been rapid-fire and relentless,” said ONIWG President, Willy Noiles. “The ‘little guys’ that Doug Ford is supposed to stand up for are instead being trampled on, and injured workers are part of this group. But today’s Day of Action is about saying enough is enough, we won’t stand for it.”
– This story has been updated from an earlier version to correctly identify to the day of the rally as Tuesday, May 14.
– Submitted by Windsor Injured Workers