The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is launching a public campaign, to demand that the provincial government honour a 2013 Statutory Review recommendation, to increase the workers’ compensation income replacement rate for injured workers by 5%. You can download the media release here.
Injured Workers Pay the Cost Once Again, for Employer Reduction in Workers’ Compensation Assessment Rates
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is outraged at yesterday’s news release from WorkplaceNL , to once again lower the workers’ compensation assessment rates for employers . President Mary Shortall sees no sign from government to increase the percentage of earnings benefits for injured workers , despite many years of appealing to government to act upon the recommendations of the 2013 Statutory Review; especially the recommendation to increase injured workers’ compensation benefits to 85% of net earnings , from 80%. You can read the full release here.
Read NLFL President Mary Shortall’s letter to the Minister of Service NL regarding recent appointments to the Board of WorkPlaceNL here.
This statement may seem odd coming from the Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL). Labour organizations, and their social justice partners, have been working hard for minimum wage increases for decades. The problem is the planned increase to $11 – sets the minimum wage at an unacceptably low level – among the lowest in Canada. Only Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, representing 6% of the population of Canada, will have a lower minimum wage. You can read the full op-ed here.