A couple of days ago, workcovervictimsdiary.com received an email from an injured worker, who strongly believes that the Workcover Minister should be made aware of each of these [bad] cases just so that he knows how bad it is out here in injured workers land. She has had some “positive” responses from Minister Gordon Rich-Phillips and feels that this Govt. is sympathetic to the plight of injured workers and what they face from their bullies and negligent employers…
Workcover Minister should be made aware of each of the horrible cases
I was psychologically bullied out of my workplace by younger female staff members who thought they could take over my role. This bullying led me to have a nervous breakdown and make an attempt to end my miserable existence, which failed. Subsequently, I got back on my feet, returned to work and after an escalation in the bullying had a second breakdown – that was September [a few years ago]. I have not worked since. I ended up on Workcover (BIG mistake) and it has taken until this year to get my matter before the courts which resulted in a small compensation payment which I accepted part way through the hearing as I could not stay the distance of the court hearing.
Since [my claim] I have used my savings and my super to live on, finally having to sell my house as I could not maintain the mortgage. I now rent and live on a disability pension and will most likely never be able to return to work, despite being a successful business woman with over 35 years solid employment behind me. However, I have not lost my ability to write!
My reason for writing today is to ask has the story about the gut wrenching bulling by Xchanging been advised to the WorkCover Minister – Gordon Rich Phillips?
I have been writing to Mr Rich Phillips and his predecessors and other Ministers for some time now on matters related to WorkSafe conduct and the conduct of the Legal Eagles who misrepresent injured workers – and I mean “misrepresent”.
It is my feeling that the Minister should be made aware of each of these cases just so that he knows how bad it is out here in injured workers land.
I have not experienced the same level of bad behaviour from my Insurance Company (QBE) but I am truly horrified at what I read about some others via [your blog].
In addition to Mr Rich Phillips another Minister – Greens member Ms Sue Pennicuick is also sympathetic to the plight of Injured Workers.
I hope this letter has been of some assistance.
You are doing a fabulous job with the Website. Congratulations. It is only by uniting that injured workers stand any chance against those who treat them so badly.
Thank you K for sharing your story and for giving us a ray of hope!
Note: We have attempted to contact you via email several times, however your email address comes back as “non existent”! Perhaps you could re-check your email address?
How to contact WorkCover Minister (Vic)
You can, and we urge you to contact[popup url=’ http://www.rich-phillips.com.au/Constituent-Services/what-i-can-do-for-you.asp’] Minister Gordon Rich Phillips [/popup]and tell him exactly how you have been ill-treated by your insurance company.If you don’t tell him your story, he won’t know how bad things really are.
We do know that some genuinely injured workers have had some pathetic response from the Minister, however, this should not deter you from writing to him. We strongly believe the more aggrieved letters he’ll receive the more chances there are that the Minister won’t be able to “look away” any longer…