to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Roundtable.
Sept 23, 2009
Canadian Museum for Human Rights Roundtable
The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water Street
In Halifax Nova Scotia
Dear Chairperson and Roundtable Members: This is a story that goes back 100 years here in Canada where a law known as the Workers Compensation Act, has resulted in 100 years of abuse of power and thousands of acts of bad faith. The result of this bad faith has divided families, forced bankruptcies and yes even pushed injured workers to the point of suicide. I feel that the museum must tell the real untold story about the abuse of injured workers here in Canada ...”we” have no rights. And we do not want to be tied in with organized unions.
Based on my extensive studies of the Workers Compensation legislation across Canada and how it has been instrumental to further disadvantage those injured on the job, I would advise anyone thinking about the building trades as a career, to think again.
Why would anyone in their right mind even consider a career where it has been proven, statistically, that they are generally one pay check away from a workplace accident? The problems are exacerbated for those workers by the Workers’ Compensation … a sham organization that, through government participation, has been given legitimacy in spite of its track record of abusing injured claimants repeatedly in a manner that bespeaks bad faith in volumes.
When one has the opportunity to examine in detail how the WCB in various jurisdictions across this country as it deals with injured worker, the picture that emerges is anything but pretty. The frightening aspect to all of this is that the Workers’ Compensation legislation is administered under the aegis and with the approval (?) of the various Ministers and Departments of Labour in this country.
Injured workers having to deal with their respective (Workers’ Compensation) Boards in their home provinces have every right to be wary and mistrusting when one considers the deceit and abusive use of power practiced by these boards.
The method of intimidation, manipulation and outright lying is endemic from my perspective. The WCB, in every province likes to project the myth that they are there to “protect and serve” workers in general and injured workers , in particular , should feel safe in assuming they will be treated in a forthright and equitable manner. Unfortunately, there are glaring examples I can cite where the WCB practices a philosophy that is one hundred and eighty degrees from their credo (of lies).
In fact, the WCB has employed sophisticated methods to perpetuate the great myth … and to attempt to negate the charges of wrongdoing from their detractors.
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