TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) has stepped up its fight against a 5.9 per cent Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) trucking industry premium rate increase for 2003.
The OTA has launched a letter-writing campaign, drafting a letter it wants trucking company representatives to send to their local MPPs.
The letter calls the WSIB premium hike “completely unjustifiable” and blasts the Ontario WSIB for using a premium rate increase as the answer to investment losses and rising costs. “A rate hike should be a last resort, not a first choice,” the letter states.
The letter urges industry representatives to ask their MPPs to tell the Minister of Labour to reverse the rate increase.
The OTA recently told Truck News that the 5.9 per cent premium increase could force some owner/operators to stop paying WSIB premiums. More indepth coverage of what the rate increase means to Ontario’s trucking industry and a look at rates around Canada for 2003 is in the January issue of Truck News.
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