The NSW opposition has launched a petition against the O’Farrell government’s changes to the state’s workers compensation scheme.
The WorkCover overhaul – which includes capping benefits and medical expenses and axing claims over journeys to and from work – was passed into law last week despite vehement opposition from the opposition and trade unions.
Opposition Leader John Robertson has vowed to fight the government on the matter all the way to the 2015 election.
“Last week Barry O’Farrell passed draconian laws in the dead of night that broke the safety net for virtually every injured worker in NSW,” Mr Robertson said on Wednesday.
The state government says the WorkCover overhaul is necessary to rein in a $4 billion deficit in the scheme.