Injured Workers Occupy MPP Offices in Ontario

August 30, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

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Injured workers struggling to deal with poverty because of a flawed workers' compensation system occupied the offices of six MPPs in Ontario, including those belonging to Premier Dalton McGuinty and Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.

"After more than 15 years of Tory cuts followed by Liberal inaction, injured workers are sinking deeper into poverty," said Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan. He also cautioned that the election of Hudak on October 6 would make the outlook for injured workers much worse because of his plans for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) changes.

"Tim Hudak has made it clear that his WSIB reforms will take more money out of the pockets of injured workers to serve the interests of employers," Ryan said in a release.

CAW members joined injured workers, members of other unions and activists including many from the Ontario Network of Injured Worker Groups in the occupations on August 17. The OFL release indicated that injured workers are still attempting to get by on almost 20 per cent less than in 1996.

In addition to recovering cost-of-living increases, the protestors highlighted the need to end the practice of "deeming" that "cuts their benefits based on the assumption they are employed, even when they are not."

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