Unifor is inviting members to participate in a survey about Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) they have experienced.
“International RSI Awareness Day is just around the corner, so it’s a perfect time for members to take our survey and share their experiences with these injuries,” said Sari Sairanen, Unifor Director of Health and Safety. “RSIs are not a thing of the past as some employer-funded studies want us to believe. The survey input will help us better advocate to prevent these injuries and stop the continuing attacks on recognizing and compensating workers with RSIs.”
RSI is a generic term used to group a broad number of overuse injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, and nerves of the neck, upper and lower back, shoulders, arms, and hands. These overuse injuries can progress to become crippling disorders that reduce workers’ quality of life.
These injuries affect millions of Canadians each year, taking a tremendous toll on workers and the workforce, with RSIs accounting for between 40 to 50 per cent of all work related illnesses nationwide.
“Members are encouraged to provide feedback through this anonymous survey,”said Vinay Sharma, Unifor National Health and Safety representative. “Our union is always looking to update our health and safety policies and practices to adapt to changing workplace conditions and reflect the lived experiences of workers in every sector of the Canadian economy.”
If you have experienced repetitive strain injuries, please take a moment to share your experience here.