A Day of Action for Injured Workers

A Day of Action across Ontario for injured workers.

A local group took part by holding a rally Tuesday in Windsor to denounce what they call the unjust treatment of injured workers, that they say is being carried out by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) as well as the provincial government.

Liz Garant is an injured worker activist who runs the local group 'Windsor Injured Workers' — a peer support group to help people who have been injured on the job.

She says she has been involved with the injured workers movement for about 12 years after being injured on the job in 2006.

"I was mostly bedridden and I can't go golfing or anything like that. I talk to injured workers on a daily basis and I help a lot of injured workers," she says.

Since the election of the Doug Ford Conservative government, Garant says there have been too many cuts including to WSIB. She says if the cuts continue, she doesn't know what she'll do.

"He's planning on cutting the pain shots which I go for once a week, and if he goes down to four a year, there's no way I'll survive," she says. "I've been on the waiting list for a year and a half for a pain doctor for my back. It's just a mess right now for an injured worker."

Garant says taking part in events such as the rally is what keeps her going.

"I can't do nothing else and helping another injured worker, we all interact because we can go for a coffee and we all know what we're talking about but if you go talk to someone, they'll tell you they don't want to hear it," she says.

The 'Windsor Injured Workers' group was formed just two months ago and Garant says it started with 14 members and she's looking forward to its growth.