A Right to Live

Publisher:  Development Education Centre, Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  60min  
Book Type:  Videotape

Resource Type:  Film/Video
Cx Number:  CX398

A film that explains what happens to job related accident victims and how injured workers are fighting back.

Abstract:  Canada is one of the most dangerous places in the western world to work. Each year thousands of men and women are killed or maimed as a result of job accidents or diseases. One out of every five workers will be injured in Ontario this year. The film claims that these members of our society can no longer be ignored. "A Right to Live" explains what happens to job related accident victims and how injured workers are fighting back. It was made with the participation of injured workers in all aspects of planning, shooting, scripting and editing. The film documents the life of the injured worker as well as taking a critical look at the Workmen's Compensation Board.
The objective of The Union of Injured Workers is to change the laws regarding on the job safety and Workmen's Compensation in Ontario. As shown in the film, they demand job security with full compensation, cost of living increases, independent medical examinations without board doctors and more rigorous enforcement of the safety laws. "A Right to Live" highlights these demands with reference to the injustice and humiliation they feel they have suffered at the hands of the Workmen's Compensation Board. The Union of Injured Workers includes men and women from various trades who are unable to work. The film shows that what happens to these accident victims is one of the worst disgraces our society has perpetuated on those who labour in it.