TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 12, 2016) - It has been a tough year for injured workers. The austerity agenda that has seen WSIB spending on benefits reduced by millions has continued, and now workers are being told that the Board's savings are being passed onto employers as an immediate 300+ million dollar cut to their rates.

Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups (ONIWG) and its supporters will rally at Simcoe Park and start treating every injured worker with respect.

"This year the WSIB's shortcomings have received an unprecedented amount of public attention," says ONIWG President Willy Noiles. "But as things get worse for Ontario's workers, we've seen new levels of cooperation between injured workers, advocates, legal experts, labour unions, doctors and more, all coming together to fight against Ontario's austerity programs, and fight for just compensation."

2016 has also seen a staggering increase in the number of complaints Ontario's Ombudsman has received about the compensation Board, including two major systemic complaints about the WSIB's treatment of injured workers.

At today's rally, injured workers and their allies will be demanding that the WSIB:

"Injured workers in this province are tired of being mistreated by a system that is designed to reduce costs, instead of a system that is designed to help workers," Noiles says. "Today we stand with all Ontario workers in our fight against austerity and in our fight for fairness for those who are injured on the job."

Contact Information:

For further information, please contact:

Willy Noiles
Ontario Network of Injured Worker's Groups
(289) 219-4473