Last Breaths Spent Fighting WorksafeBC After Campbell Cuts
From video: "I've been dignosed now with asbestosis. . . . I'm wasting away. I've lost about fifty pounds in the last four months" . . . "Asbestosis is the #1 occupational killer in BC today but in 2002 the Gordon Campbell Liberals changed the WCB Act. One of these changes prevents any retiree over the age of 65 from receiving a disability award for any illness, injury or disease. Sadly, an asbestos related disease takes up to 40 years to become detected." . . . "It's an extremely painful and it's a terminal disease . . . Some of them are spending their last years of their lives in extreme pain and extreme agony" . . . "some of them are spending their last breaths fighting a system when they should be spending their retirement with some dignity . . . the employers are getting a holiday from this exposure and the workers are spending their last days fighting it in pain and agony . . ." "Gordon Campbell . . . cut 1/3 of WCB regulations" . . . "They look the other way when people are dying"
Adding Insult to Injury: Campbell Cuts Hurt Sick and Injured Workers
Our brothers and sisters from the United Steelworkers Union have completed a very moving video on the devastating effects of asbestos and the impact that changes to the WCB legislation have had upon those suffering from this disease. They have posted an excerpt from that video on youtube. It features the 2009 Day of Mourning event that was attended by the many PSAC delegates in Vancouver for the National Convention