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Manitoba Federation of Labour gives Stefanson government a D in report card on workplace safety and health

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

MFL News Health & Safety

(WINNIPEG) The Manitoba Federation of Labour has given the Stefanson government a grade of D in its 2022 Workplace Health and Safety Report Card, citing numerous examples where the government has rolled back protections for workers on the job, MFL President Kevin Rebeck announced today.

"Workplace safety and health rules keep workers safe on the job, and they help us come home to loved ones once the workday is over,” said Rebeck. “Unfortunately, under both the Pallister and Stefanson governments, we have seen a clear shift away from prioritizing workplace health and safety, and this is leaving workers at greater risk.”

In assessing the government’s performance on workplace health and safety, the MFL report card evaluates the Stefanson government’s overall efforts on workplace health and safety measured against recommendations made by unions to keep workers safe and healthy on the job, as well as to ensure proper care and rehabilitation for workers who are hurt, so they can safely return to work.

 The Stefanson government has been graded in the following categories as follows:

  • On Workplace Health and Safety Laws: D
  • On Enforcement: D
  • On Prevention: C+
  • On Workers Compensation: C-

“Workplace injuries and illnesses don’t have to happen – they are preventable,” said Rebeck. “With the right laws, enforcement strategies and prevention efforts, we can ensure that all workers stay safe and healthy on the job. It is time for the Stefanson government to start working for working families and focus on building and sustaining strong workplace health and safety programs.

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You can read the full 2022 MFL Workplace Health and Safety Report Card here

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