Alberta Federation of Labour, CLC and Unions Call for Workplace Leave for People Fleeing Domestic Violence

The Alberta Federation of Labour, the Canadian Labour Congress and unions across the country are asking federal and provincial governments to follow Manitoba’s lead in providing workplace leave for people who are facing violence at home.
In March, Manitoba revised their Employment Standards Code to allow people dealing with domestic abuse to take time off from work — including five paid days — to seek medical attention, find a safe place to live, attend court hearings or get other services that can be hard to access outside working hours. The AFL is joining a national call from the CLC and other labour organizations for the rest of Canada to follow Manitoba’s example.
“Work should not be a barrier to someone getting themselves out of a dangerous situation at home,” Alberta Federation of Labour secretary treasurer Siobhan Vipond said. “Legislation that provides workers the ability to help themselves is the right thing to do – it’s also the smart thing to do. This is potentially a life-saving measure.”

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  1. There are many Injured Workers FORCED into poverty, bankrupt, or homeless, and on Welfare, by the W.C.B./W.S.I.B. Some even commit Suicide.

    The Workers Comp Systems benefit WCB EMPLOYEES, Employers, Lawyers, Government and least of all the Injured Workers.
    What was once the “Meredith Principles” now reads like a Chapter of “Animal Farm”.
    Basic Laws (Thin Skull Rule) have been stripped from the Injured Workers, and Government has bestowed the Rights of Injured Workers, upon themselves- for which they Profit.

    WCB/WSIB use their own Medical Advisors to Deny Claims and Downplay Injuries, to FORCE Injured Workers Back to Work- which in many cases is against their Family Doctors and Independent Specialist’s Advice- so WCB/WSIB Employees, can Have Big Bonuses.

    Most Workers that are Pernamemtly Injured fight for Benefits for years with WCB/WSIB and most often they do not come.

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