Response to the appointment of Elizabeth Witmer, former Minister of Labour under the Harris Government, whose reforms (including the draconian Bill 99) introduced private insurance practices into Ontario’s workers’ compensation and saw a resulting rise in poverty levels among injured workers
Summary of consultant’s report recommendations that do further damage to injured workers’ rights and benefits; includes link to petition MPPs.
Ontario’s injured worker community stands in solidarity with the movement against “austerity” measures proposed by KPMG
ONIWG reminds the government of the Historic Compromise in calling for it to reject Value-for-Money Audit report that would see cost-cutting on the backs of injured workers – while assessments paid by employers are about 22% lower than they were 15 years ago.
Injured worker Jimmy Velgakis ended his hunger strike today when WSIB Chair Steve Mahoney intervened at the request of OFL president, Syd Ryan
Recent consultations with ONIWG members highlight benefit cuts, expansion of experience rating, and independence of Funding Review as major concerns
On eve of annual vigil and Injured Workers’ Day rally, although the economy is recovering, injured workers are facing cuts to their benefits (with only 0.5% cost of living adjustment) , cuts to their pain medication, cuts to their retraining courses, and an expansion of deeming.
At the 19th annual Christmas demonstration outside the Ministry of Labour, injured workers – among Ontario’s most vulnerable groups facing increased poverty and insecurity from benefit reductions due to inflation – wonder if they should hold a bake sale to fill the coffers of the billion dollar WSIB institution?
Does the new Funding Review mean injured workers will once again face benefit cuts as a result of a false financial crisis?
Since the release of last year’s survey of injured workers revealing they experience nearly 4 times the poverty rate in Ontario, it appears more cuts to benefits are coming following an invented financial crisis – with all roads leading back to the recent report of the Auditor General.
ONIWG again calls on the government to end injured worker poverty by bringing in full COLA and eliminating deeming; to extend the Act’s coverage to all workers; end Experience Rating; restore Appeals Tribunal independence.