Injured Workers’ Day Rally & March
Thursday June 1st, 11:30am
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044072909025603/
When workers are injured or made ill on the job, they have a right to full compensation. They have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with the support they need to get back on their feet.
But the cutting edge of austerity in Ontario means those rights are being violated. The WSIB is singularly focused on reducing its own costs on the backs of injured workers, without care or compassion for the thousands who are driven into poverty and desperation when their benefits are slashed.
Across the board, the austerity agenda is making workers more disposable and is eroding fairness in the workplace. We are seeing an epidemic of precarious, insecure, and low-waged jobs. Precarious work means unsafe work.
We are seeing the government and WSIB turn a blind eye to workplace violence, harassment, and chronic mental stress – even though the WSIB has been found to be violating the Charter of Rights & Freedoms on this front.
We have also seen the Liberal government increase the risk of workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths, by passing legislation that allows employers to bar proactive health and safety inspections. This trades off worker safety for employer profit.
With so many workers in vulnerable and precarious positions, we cannot be silent in the face of a workers’ compensation system that is more concerned with its own bottom line than with protecting the well-being of injured workers. We need to come together and demand our right to compensation.
So join us on Injured Workers’ Day as we take to the streets and raise our collective voices to say:
Workers’ comp is a right!
Decent work is a right!
Safe work is a right!
We will not give up the fight!
Accessibility options will be available so that those with mobility difficulties will be able to join the march.