Illawarra emergency service workers are keeping up their assault on the State Government’s WorkCover reforms despite being exempt from what they describe as “crippling changes”, reports the Illawara Mercury today.
Emergency workers fight for workers compensation NSW
He would not rule out further strike action across the public sector as part of the escalating campaign.
Some 800 firefighters from the Illawarra, Newcastle, Sydney and the Central Coast took their first general strike in 56 years last week to ensure they joined police, paramedics and coalminers in being exempt from changes to workers’ compensation.
The changes include capping benefits and medical expenses and axing claims involving journeys to and from work.
The firefighters were proof that “strong direct action by working people was paying dividends”, Mr Rorris said.
“We are going to use the same principle across the whole workplace.
“They are all working people, they all have families, they all deserve to be treated with respect, particularly when they are injured at work.”
NSW Police Association branch official Bob Minns said yesterday police officers supported the labour council’s push to get “all workers the same basic coverage they deserve”.
“All workers should be exempt. Everyone should be covered to and from work – it’s just a basic principle of taking care of the workers,” he said.
Fire Brigade Employees Union state president Darin Sullivan described last week’s historic strike action as a “huge victory”.
“Even though police, fire and ambulance officers are exempt, we are still here for all the other workers.”