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The New Brunswick government’s plan to increase compensation rates for nursing home workers won’t solve what’s causing the accidents and injuries.

Until we can get out from under these crushing workloads, both worker compensation rates and injuries will continue to rise, says Valerie Black who works at the Carleton Manor nursing home in Woodstock. It’s simple more staff means a manageable workload with fewer injuries, less claims and lower rates.

CUPE nursing home workers in New Brunswick have been part of a working group looking at ways to reduce accidents and decrease insurance premiums. They say injured workers wouldn’t suffer in the first place if there were more people to do the job.

Accidents and injuries are increasing because we have dedicated but overworked staff, says Michel Boudreau, President of the council representing nursing home workers. Everyday our aging population is putting more pressure on workers who care. What we need is more staff at all levels and better equipment.