Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

Liberal Government’s Continued Mismanagement of WSIB Hurts Injured Workers: NDP

Published on June 2, 2016

Liberal government’s continued mismanagement of WSIB hurts injured workers: NDP

QUEEN’S PARK – Today in the legislature, NDP MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh, Percy Hatfield, asked the Liberal government when it plans to stop retiring the The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) unfunded liability on the backs of injured workers and their families.

“The WSIB is supposed to protect our province’s most vulnerable. Instead, over the past six years, the Liberal government has been too concerned with bringing down WSIB’s $12 billion debt load, and doing so at the cost of those who depend on their benefits to make ends meet,” said Hatfield.

Today, hundreds of individuals and families who have suffered an injury or illness at work and who have been let down by the Liberal government’s mismanagement gathered at Queen’s Park to call for justice for injured workers.

“The truth is, under the Liberal government’s watch, those who suffer an injury at work and go to the WSIB for help get attacked on all fronts including; reduced claims, premature return to work, ignoring the advice of medical professionals – the list goes on, and on and on.” said Hatfield.

Hatfield mentioned an injured worker he met with a torn rotator cuff from a crop picking job he received through a temp agency.

“He’s a father unable to work who struggles to make ends meet because WSIB has disagreed with his doctor,” said Hatfield. “When will this government stop retiring WSIB’s debts on the backs of workers like him and our province’s most vulnerable workers?”