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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Savage Workers Compensation Cuts Proposed by O'Farrell are Meanest in the Country

Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2012
David Shoebridge in the Mid North Coast

A set of proposed savage cuts to workers compensation being considered by the O’Farrell government will deliver NSW employees the meanest set of benefits in the country and throw many people injured at work directly into poverty.  The Greens will vote to prevent these changes becoming law in the
NSW Parliament.

See report in the Sun Herald:

NSW Greens MP and Industrial Relations Spokesperson, David Shoebridge said:

“These are the harshest cuts ever proposed to workers compensation benefits in NSW and would, if they became law, force many injured employees straight
into poverty.

“If any of us are injured at work, there must be a fair safety net of workers compensation benefits to ensure we can continue to live our lives with dignity.  These changes will tear that net to pieces.

“Cutting all lump sums benefits paid to injured workers who are assessed at less than 10% whole person impairment will see most receive not one dollar in lump sum benefits.

“Under these changes, employees with injuries such as fused ankles after multiple rounds of surgery, serious lower back injuries and even significant scarring from burn injuries will all face getting no lump sum compensation as many would be assessed at less than 10% whole person

“The proposal to cut off all benefits to partially incapacitated workers after just 2.5 years of payments will see many employees with significant ongoing physical injuries thrown off the scheme and onto meagre centerlink benefits.

“The O’Farrell government is planning to take a razor to workers compensation, just like it has attacked the wages and conditions of public sector employees and work safety laws.

“If these changes become law then many injured workers will lose their homes, as well as their livelihoods, after suffering an injury at work for which they should have been protected.

“These changes are not inevitable, The Greens will be joining with other parties in the NSW Upper House, together with working people across the State, to protect workers compensation benefits from Barry O’Farrell’s savage cuts,” Mr Shoebridge said.

Media Contact: 0408 113 9523

David Shoebridge
Greens MLC
NSW Parliament
PH: (02) 9230 3030
FX: (02) 9230 2159

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