Okay, so Stoner is saying all fault lies within the WorkCover Scheme itself? Injured workers are the real victims here? I sincerely hope that is how it plays out and some serious reforms come out of this Inquiry.
Injured workers safe under compo changes: Stoner
Acting NSW Premier Andrew Stoner says injured workers will be protected despite planned reforms to the WorkCover scheme.
NSW workers injured on the job have been promised full protection under a reformed compensation scheme, but Acting Premier Andrew Stoner says the $4 billion blowout in WorkCover has to be reined in.
Unions NSW on Monday launched an advertising campaign against what it predicts will be major cuts to the WorkCover scheme, after a discussion paper released by government recommended capping weekly payments and putting a two-and-a-half year limit on entitlements.
Reform of the compensation scheme – and the 16 recommendations of the discussion paper – will be the focus of a parliamentary inquiry next week.
However, Unions NSW boss Mark Lennon said he believed the government had already made its mind up to slash compensation payouts.
Mr Stoner denied any decision had been made about the final makeup of the WorkCover scheme, but said action was needed to arrest a $4.1 billion deficit which would cause premiums to skyrocket by 28 per cent.
He said the union movement should be putting forward their ideas for reform of the system, not launching “a protest campaign before the consultations have even begun”.
“It is the intent of the government that workers who are injured in the workplace will have full protection,” Mr Stoner told reporters in Sydney.
“They will be supported by the final scheme, but it has to be a scheme that doesn’t have loopholes in it, that doesn’t allow for rorts, and which is financially affordable.”
Mr Lennon said the focus of the WorkCover reforms should be on better return to work programs, and not the cutting of benefits.
“Not one that slashes weekly payments, takes people off payments after two-and-a-half years, caps medical payments, and doesn’t cover people while they’re travelling to and from work.”
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