" No workers' compensation policies have ever been such an explicit attack on the rights of injured workers..." Lawyers send a strong message to the Premier - [read their March 14, 2014 letter]
Click here to read more letters sent recently to the Chair (from the OFL, IWC, ONIWG and others) on why the Board should abandon these new draft benefits policies.
The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) is trying to radically change the workers' compensation system in Ontario, at the expense of all workers. It is attempting to push through a series of policies that, if passed, will ensure that fewer injured workers will be entitled to compensation, and those who are entitled will get far less. And costs that should be paid by employers will be downloaded onto working people by pushing more injured workers onto social assistance.
This approach is fundamentally wrong and profoundly unjust. All workers deserve to be protected if they get hurt at work. These policies, though, go the other direction - they take away protection and restrict compensation. Because of this, the draft policies must be scrapped now.
Check recommendations made in the Stdg Cttee on Govt Agencies report on the WSIB (Nov. 2013) - including reconsideration of appeals changes, funding of injured worker stakeholder groups, followup on Arthurs' report.. [read here]
New video from Operation Maple on Ontario's injured workers' struggles
injuredworkersonline.org is a collaborative effort of injured workers, trade unionists, community activists and advocates, and doctors. We seek better treatment for injured workers by their employers, government and workers' compensation system.
- Learn more about the key issues and what's happening at Queen's Park to review and reform workers' compensation law. Fact sheets give you the straight goods.
- Facing poverty: read results of the latest "ONIWG 2010 Injured Workers & Poverty Survey" here and see if Ontario's poverty reduction strategy is meeting the needs of injured workers?
- Find local support groups and join the Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups (ONIWG) to help make a difference.
- Ontario's injured worker movement has a long and proud history. Read about it in the Injured Workers' History Project bulletins!
- Check on current worker-centred research projects and training.
- Understand your legal rights and access community legal information (CLEO updates)
- Share your story & experience with the WSIB with your local MPP [contact details here]