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No justice for injured workers - Peter Hudyman

I must say I am surprised to see the letter from MPP for Sudbury Rick Bartolucci reminding everyone to remember workers killed and injured on the job.

I must say I am surprised to see the letter from MPP for Sudbury Rick Bartolucci reminding everyone to remember workers killed and injured on the job. Surprised because while Bartolucci urges readers to pay tribute to those who have died, suffered injury or experienced illness as a result of their jobs, his actions and those of his government categorically do not honour workers killed or injured on the job.

Occupational injury and death numbers are getting worse not better. The Liberal government has done nothing to redress the terrible cuts to Workers' Compensation (now called the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) done under the Tory regime. Under the Tories, benefits were slashed and a poor indexing system introduced, pensions were reduced, survivors benefits to widows were reduced, and staff reduction of WSIB staff continues.

The only thing the Liberals have done is change the chair of the board for questionable accounting practices and expenses, and set up the Fair Practices Commission, a commission who can only investigate for fairness after a worker has been through the torturous appeals process.

As T.S. Elliot wrote in The Hollow Men, "Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act falls the Shadow."

My point is that it is all nice and good to talk about honouring workers killed and injured daily, but actions speak louder than words and Bartolucci's actions do more to dishonour workers than honour them.


Peter Hudyman , Sudbury



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