If injured workers are barred from suing their employers for injury, they should not receive half measures.
On Injured Workers Day, June 1, injured workers, as well as unions and other organizations, will remind all governments that justice – not poverty – was the primary reason the compensation system was set up in 1914.
Workers gave up their right to sue employers for workplace injury and illness compensation in exchange for a system that was supposed to provide fair recompense to injured workers so that they could continue living their lives with dignity even in the face of injury or permanent disablement.
If injured workers are barred from suing their employers for injury, they should not receive half measures. Injured workers deserve what the compensation system was intended to provide: long-term adequate benefits, truly safe, meaningful and sustainable work and cost of living adjustments. Employers who are legitimately investing in health and safety and keeping workers safe shouldn’t pay more than employers who are gaming the system.
Workers deserve fair compensation and dignity following workplace injury or disablement.