NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. — At a recent conference, representatives of the major unions representing Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) workers in Canada discussed issues that impact injured workers, employers and employees of workers compensation boards, in particular the negative health impacts of heavy workloads and the reforms needed to address them.
Participants included the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), National Union of Public and General Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
According to a release issued by the WCB, all employers including Canada’s WCBs have very specific legal duties to protect workers under health and safety legislation. Union representatives hold the view that “excessive workload” is a serious health and safety issue that negatively impacts employee mental and physical wellbeing, the release indicates.
The unions have decided to hold their respective provincial Legislative bodies accountable for the lack of safeguards designed to protect working people from the devastating impact of excessive workload, adds the release.
“We leave this conference with the view that provincial governments must expand existing compensation legislation to help those suffering from the effects of work overload,” said CUPE 1750 president Harry Goslin of Ontario, host of the event, in a statement. “Governments must also take tangible steps to strengthen prevention and enforcement in order to better protect the wellbeing of all workers.”