. . . injured workers are falling into poverty. It's a
breakdown of the whole system," . . .
- Before George Moore hurt his back, he said, he was making almost
$900 a week working at Cashway Lumber.
But in 1995 Moore injured
himself carrying drywall, he said, and had to leave work because of the injury.
"I've been fighting with the (Workers Safety and Insurance Board) for
11 years," Moore said, leaning on his cane outside Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal's
At first he received full benefits, he said, but
then his compensation was cut and he now receives $500 a month.
wife works, he explained, so he's managed to stay afloat, but the decline in
income has affected their lives drastically.
"I'm at the point now
where I'm losing possessions," Moore said.
Moore was one of about 22
people who spoke to Leal yesterday about their concerns the needs of injured
Occupational and Environmental Health coalition chairwoman
Marian Burton said the WSIB isn't addressing the needs of injured workers. June
1 marks Injured and Ill Workers Day, Burton said, and it's time to think about
all workers who are injured in jobs across Ontario.
those stats aren't going down," Burton said.
Bills need to be created
to address the needs and rights of injured workers, Burton said, and the
McGuinty government promised to restore the cost of living.
said, the province has failed to deliver on that promise and as a result
injured workers are falling into poverty.
"It's a breakdown of the
whole system," Burton said. "You can take a little from this pocket and a
little from this pocket and hope to make ends meet."
Jeff Leal said the province is targeting an increase in payments over the next
Leal said Peterborough would also benefit from a Worker's
There's one in Toronto and one in Ottawa, Leal said.
"That's far too great of a distance to provide adequate
representation," Leal said.