Monday, April 21, 2008

When you have your health you don’t have a worry

When you have your health you don’t have a worry in the world about injured workers!

Hello! We are Calling on the Canadian Parliament and Senate.

Dear Elected Members of Parliament:

When you have your health you don’t have a worry in the world about injured workers!
… until you become one. Then your injury becomes your life, or what's left of it.

As an injured worker, it is then that you become cognizant of how unimportant you become to the politicians you call upon to help you navigate through the gauntlet of garbage thrown up by the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) that managed to get Royal Assent from Nova Scotia government as a legal entity … ostensibly as an objective “insurer” whose aim was to indemnify injured workers while negating any move on the part of those workers who might intend to sue an employer for negligence.

As is usual these days, the lofty purposes for being the WCB have been prostituted and bastardized into the most reprehensible of organizations who insures that contributing employers are not sued, for sure … while amassing millions of dollars in WCB coffers, as injured workers are defrauded and intimidated out of monies they are rightfully and morally due.

The provincial government is complicit … and has been from the inception of the WCB, by turning a blind eye to the most vile practices ever perpetrated on any human being at the most vulnerable time in their lives.

Where is the support for these former union members who were, as a requirement of employment, told they must pay union membership “dues” to work … and their union would “protect their interests “ when dealing with employers. The sub-text not mentioned by the trade unions is this: If you are injured and unable to work … and CONTINUE to pay dues … your value to the union then becomes ZERO. You don’t count anymore … not that you ever did to begin with.

The important thing is that Joan Jessome and her union NSGEU officials will continue to receive their high salaries and perks, as will those officials in CUPE.

Much like the politicians I mentioned earlier … who really don’t give a rat’s ass for the plight of injured workers who can’t work at their former employment. In fact, many of them can’t work at all … the result is NO income.

You would have to be a politician or union rep … or worse, a lawyer, to realize that if you are unable to work, because of having received injuries so severe on your last job, that you will not have any MONEY coming in and, consequently, will not eat. In the worst scenarios I know of, men and women will lose the roof over their heads, the food in their bellies and the car to get them to the WCB-appointed ( or owned) doctors who have been ordained to deny their claims.

Marriages have been ruined … no problem for the WCB and their cadre of doctors and lawyers. In fact, the WCB is overjoyed when injured workers give up all hope after being interminably jerked around by these heartless bastards … and commit suicide. Problem solved.

Where is the media in all of this, you might well ask. Silent. Unsupportive. Apathetic. The fact is, the WCB, the various unions and the various levels of government talk a good game … if they talk at all.

From the standpoint of the media, an injured worker getting the shaft from a cruel and manipulative bureaucracy isn’t “news”. The day some poor injured worker walks into a WCB office with a shotgun and starts randomly shooting because they are at the end of their rope, the media might take an interest and run with it for two days.

The rest of the time forget it . The mainstream media is not about to have law suits thrown at it for the sake of some injured worker who is the victim of the worst fraud anyone should ever have to deal with. Lawyers from the WCB will threaten and intimidate … they’ll shut up. Doctors will commit perjury and swear there is nothing wrong with a claimant … while denying to themselves they are not in violation of their Hippocratic Oath.

No media outlet will ever be too critical of unions, either. Their unions could apply pressure and/or put them out of business under the right circumstances. Someone would lose a lot of money. Over an injured worker? No way.

So, here I am advocating for the injured worker … as a humanitarian … an injured worker who appreciates what other injured workers go through every day while fighting for their survival. I don’t get paid anything. I’m not looking for anything, other than the feeling that, one day, injured workers will be treated fairly and honestly … with compassion by people whose only concern, so far, is how many dollars they can make from some poor bugger’s misery. CRIMINAL ?

Wayne Coady
Cole Harbour
Nova Scotia
Canada .
wcoady@accesswave.ca

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