Presentation by Steve Mantis to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs pre-budget hearings addresses the growing income inequality, its negative impacts on a democratic society, and how austerity cuts have hurt injured workers. The attached supplementary submission discusses the development of a National Strategy on Disability and Work.
ONIWG’s letter to the Premier follows up on questions on deeming raised with her during recent Town Halls by providing recent research on how severely injured workers are impacted by the WSIB practice of deeming.
Submission focuses on the Temporary Employment Agencies policy which does nothing to further the workplace health and safety of temporary workers. Proposed measures means the use of temporary workers is still a way employers can avoid premium increases from their injuries, and therefore an incentive to give them the more dangerous tasks…Brief also addresses claims suppression, with Oct. 2015 submission appended.
Given their many discussions with the Minister’s Office, ONIWG expresses disappointment at rejection of a proposed amendment to Bill 148…
Letter by a coalition of injured workers, community legal clinics, private bar lawyers, and doctors calls on the Premier to take urgent action on the new WSIB policy on mental stress which will put workers with mental injuries in Ontario in a worse position than they have ever been…
IWC supports Bill 148 as an important first step for vulnerable workers struggling with the effects of precarious and unstable work. The brief proposes solutions to addressing WSIB practice of deeming so injured workers with a permanent work-related disability will not be negatively impacted; and calls for an end to the incentive caused by ‘experience rating’ to hire temporary agency workers for dangerous work.
With approx. 29% of Ontario workers not covered, letter to the Minister of Labour asks his government to make workers’ compensation more inclusive, expanding coverage to industries not specifically named in the legislation (a list barely updated in the past 50 years), with the non-covered and new sectors disproportionately affecting women. Letter also addresses the cost-shifting to the public purse that occurs when workers in a non-insured workplace get injured.
In his July 19 presentation to the Niagara public hearing on “Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017”, ONIWG president Will Noiles addresses the issue of why the WSIB policy of deeming must be changed if the increase in minimum wage is to avoid harming injured workers. See also video of his presentation.
Group fully supports the progressive changes in Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which provide protections for many new immigrants entering the labour force who, because of employment barriers, are often placed in jobs at minimum wage, physically demanding and involve irregular or odd working hours. However, because of the WSIB policy of deeming, injured workers will NOT benefit from the increase in minimum wage…
Legal clinic endorses recommendations of the Ontario Federation of Labour‘s submission, and outlines IWC’s principal concerns: overly narrow definition of “chronic mental stress” and “workplace bullying”; added discriminatory barriers to approval and access to care, that set a higher bar for workers with mental injuries compared to workers with physical injuries; the exclusion of all employment decisions (inconsistent with other Ontario legislation).