The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is being accused of cutting benefits to injured workers and trying to send them back to work prematurely.
The Industrial Accident Victims’ Group of Ontario says hundreds of decisions made by WSIB are being overturned because they run counter to medical evidence or were based on no evidence at all.
Brian Hogan, President of the Windsor and District Labour Council, says injured workers in the Chatham, Windsor and London area are also feeling the pressure to return to work quickly.
Hogan says the WSIB is no longer about the workers and just cares about profits.
"No one goes to work to get injured but they should know if they get injured that there's an organization that will take care of them. They might as well be a Bay St company, they brag about their bottom line," says Hogan.
Hundreds of cases were overturned at the WSIB Appeals Tribunal in 2016 because the provincial agency failed to either follow doctors' advice or decisions were made without any evidence or adequate evidence.
The WSIB is reporting 2016 was a year with improved outcomes for injured workers and strong financial results.
"Their bottom line should fluctuate. If there's a lot of people injured, therefore there's lots of pay-outs and until that person's doctor believes they're well then you keep paying out. That's why we all pay into it. It's an insurance and that's why WSIB came about," Hogan says.
Hogan says too many injured workers are getting cut off.
"We really need this government and this WSIB board to change direction. No they shouldn't be about Bay St, they should about each worker in every region and in particular caring about our region right here," says Hogan.