SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

February 27, 2005 09:00 ET

REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURIES SLOWING DOWN CANADA'S WORKFORCE

Canada needs preventative legislation to ensure long-term productivity Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO --(CCNMatthews - Feb. 27, 2005) - A national commitment to the prevention of repetitive strain injuries (RSI) is a must if Canada is to ensure its long-term productivity, says the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Canada.

"RSIs are slowing down Canada's workforce," says Sharleen Stewart, SEIU Canadian International Vice-President. "Workers who would otherwise be productive members of society are sidelined, when a small amount of investment in ergonomics could prevent the government from having to pay compensation."

According to a recent Statistics Canada study, 2.3 million Canadian adults have experienced a repetitive strain injury serious enough to limit their normal activities.

Stewart says this would be a perfect way for provincial governments across Canada to mark International RSI Awareness Day, Feb. 28.

"We must have ergonomic protections and interventions, including safe staffing levels, to ensure the long-term workplace health and safety for Canadian workers," she says.

British Columbia and Saskatchewan have led the way by implementing ergonomic regulations, which have helped reduce the incidence of RSI in those provinces, says Stewart.

SEIU Canada represents over 93,000 workers from coast to coast.

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Media Contacts:

Carl Mavromichalis, SEIU National Communications, 416-951-4905

Ted Mansell, SEIU National Health and Safety, 416-427-9794
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Contact Information

  • Carl Mavromichalis, National Communications Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 416-951-4905
    Secondary Phone: 416-447-2311 ext. 243
    E-mail: mavromichalisc@seiu.ca