UFCW Canada Local 1000A joined injured workers, labour activists, staff and leaders in rallying for justice outside the Ministry of Labour building in downtown Toronto on December 14, 2015.
Martha Villeda, WSIB Lead, Health and Safety Back-up for Local 1000A, said the labour movement is working hard with many partners to restore the Worker Compensation System to its original purpose —to protect workers.
“It’s shameful how Injured workers in Ontario are being abandoned by the very system that was created to protected them,” said Villeda, who was among Local 1000A staff at the rally. “We are here today to demand justice for injured workers and to advocate for safer workplaces across our province.”Currently, Villeda said WSIB is denying many claims as possible through a variety of methods including: placing multiple barriers in the way of workers, pressuring health professionals to change opinions/reports, denying many oral hearings, and creating additional obstacles around the implementation of appeal decisions.
“We need the public’s help in creating change at WSIB and the one of the key steps is through raising awareness through events like this rally."