Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 16, 2006 15:38 ET

IT'S TIME TO ACT - INJURY SHOULD NOT MEAN PROVERTY

Injured Workers Demand New Legislation Now, Media Studio, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto -- Monday, November 20, 2006 - 11:30 a.m.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2006) - A joint news conference by the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) will outline the desperate situation of injured workers in Ontario. Injured workers are calling on Premier Dalton McGuinty to keep his election promise to "protect worker benefits from inflation".

In the lead up to the election Liberal Party MPPs came to large meetings of injured workers and said that cost-of-living would be restored if they won. The Liberals did win the 2003 election, it's now November 2006 and nothing has been done.

Nothing has been done. Injured workers are still living well below the poverty line - turning to the welfare system and food banks just to survive.

Injured workers are fed up with excuses. There is no legitimate excuse not to provide cost-of-living protection injured workers say, "Now is the time for legislative action to end the indignity and poverty of the present system."

Speaking at the news conference:

Andrea Horwath, NDP, Member of Provincial Parliament
Steve Mantis, Injured Worker, Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group
Peter Page, President, Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups
Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour

Injured workers in attendance will be available for interviews in the Media Studio.
/For further information: Dana Boettger.OFL Communications (416)443.7665

Peter Page, President, ONIWG (289) 808.2871 (cell)

Karl CrevarTreasurer, ONIWG (905)517.0831/ IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, OFL President
    Primary Phone: 416-443-7678
    Secondary Phone: 416-571-7409
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138