INJURED WORKERS’ BENEFITS ARE UNDER ATTACK!
The WSIB, under the direction of President/CEO David Marshall, are implementing policies that are further slashing the benefits paid to injured and disabled workers. Not only are benefits being reduced but the WSIB has undertaken to rescind permanent impairment awards and loss of earnings benefits, forcing impoverished injured workers onto social service benefits. Injured workers have been ignored for far too long and have fallen victim to corporate greed. We need to stand up for injured workers’ right and benefits before they are gone!
We have organized a rally to protest the WSIB and KPMG’s proposed changes to WSIB policy.
The WSIB hired KPMG to conduct a value for money audit of the efficiency and effectiveness of its claims administration and adjudication processes. Here are KPMG’s recommendations:
- The current adjudication of permanent impairment (NEL) awards is generous compared to other provinces. The WSIB should consider adopting its own rating schedule instead of the AMA Guides.
- The Work Disruptions policies should be revised because injured workers who are laid off from their jobs - and whose ability to get another job is negatively affected by their workplace disability - have an "unfair" advantage over workers who are not injured.
- The Aggravation Basis and Recurrences policies have led to the "expansion of entitlement" and benefits "beyond what was envisioned" especially for workers with pre-existing age-related conditions. KPMG suggests these policies be revised to prevent this alleged overcompensation. KPMG suggests there should be a time limit for injured workers to claim a recurrence if their injury gets worse.
- The WSIB should consider recommending that the government eliminate the six-year final review of benefits.
- Workers who are claiming to be unemployable should be required to apply for Canada Pension Disability.
WSIB Management indicated its support for all of these recommendations. These recommendations, if implemented, would significantly affect and decrease injured workers benefits.
On behalf of all workers in Ontario, we are requesting your support in stopping the WSIB implementing these changes which will strip workers of their rights and benefits.
Join us on April 26, 2012 at 11:00 am in front of the WSIB’s head office located at 200 Front Street West, Toronto Ontario.
For further information regarding this rally as well as transportation assistance please contact Carrie at firstname.lastname@example.org