REGINA (CP) — The Saskatchewan NDP says workers who make a Workers Compensation Board claim are waiting far too long to be heard.
Opposition critic David Forbes told the legislature Tuesday that workers are struggling and some are even losing their home due to the long wait.
Forbes says turnaround times for initial payments to Saskatchewan workers are among the longest in the country.
Labour Minister Don Morgan says the time it took to get an appeal could be up to year.
But he says that process has been streamlined and now it's been reduced to a few weeks, or two to three months at the most.
He also said efforts are underway to improve the WCB, including how it is run.
"Workers pay into WCB, it's theirs, but the backlogs mean that workers and their families are simply waiting too long,'' Forbes said. "In fact the turnaournd times now for initial payments to Saskatchewan workers are among the longest in the country. Families are left to struggle while they wait and some have even lost their home.''