Ontario’s Minister of Labour must step in now that the WSIB has made it clear that they are going to continue to deny workers full recognition of job related chronic mental stress and fair compensation related to job loss, said CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn after learning today of the WSIB’s plan.

The WSIB’s new Chronic Mental Stress Policy, released on the Friday before the Thanksgiving weekend, says that if a worker’s job is confirmed as a significant contributor to their chronic mental stress but is not considered to be greater than another factor, the worker won’t qualify for compensation.

“Chronic work-related stress is very real and it is on the rise. Workers need to know they are protected,” said Hahn. “The WSIB is turning their back on their responsibility to Ontario workers and this can’t be allowed to stand.”

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