Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour
Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups

Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups

December 11, 2015 13:01 ET

Advisory: Injured Worker Rally to Call for Systemic Review of WSIB Practices and an End to Injured Workers Poverty

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 11, 2015) - The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be joining the Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups (ONIWG) for a rally outside the Ministry of Labour at 11:00 am on Monday, December 14, 2015 to protest the ongoing poverty and unjust treatment facing the province's injured workers and their families.

For 24 years, injured workers, advocates and allies have been organizing an annual Christmas protest outside the Ministry of Labour to demand safer working conditions and justice for injured workers. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) reports that every year roughly 200,000 workers are injured on-the-job in Ontario, but an additional 20-60 percent are hidden from these statistics because of claim suppression or failure to claim.

The OFL and ONIWG released a damning report in November that exposed interference on the part of the WSIB in the medical care of injured workers. Now they are calling for a systemic review of the WSIB's practices.

WHAT: Injured Worker Protest
WHEN: Monday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Ministry of Labour, 400 University Ave., Toronto
WHO: OFL President Chris Buckley, Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates, Executive Vice-President Ahmad Gaied, ONIWG Representatives, injured workers, advocates and allies.

PHOTO-OP: Colourful demonstration with many props and visuals.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow the OFL on Facebook and Twitter: @OFLabour.

Contact Information

  • Joel Duff
    OFL Communications Director
    416-707-0349
    jduff@ofl.ca
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