FOI request reveals Board President is to receive, in addition to $400,000 annual salary, a bonus of up to $400,000 (payable at
the end of five years) for achieving certain financial goals and objectives.
Health and safety rebate and surcharge incentive system harms injured workers, international experts agree
At international symposium held at the University of Toronto, ONWIG members heard experts affirm that abuse of injured workers is common within experience rating systems – and that these systems have little or no effect on improving workplace health and safety.
Law Commission reports workers’ compensation age limits undermine the worth and dignity of older adults
Report notes The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act was amended to protect the age distinctions from discrimination complaints under the Ontario Human Rights Code; discusses two provisions terminating benefits for older workers.
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?