A young nurse who was seriously injured while trying to save someone’s life may not be entitled to workers compensation under the NSW state government reforms.
Seriously injured nurse may not be entitled to NSW workcover
Channel Ten News, 19 June 2013
Union report finds injured workers hurting
Unions NSW commissioned the report to coincide with the (1 year) anniversary of the O’Farrell government’s moves to slash the rights and entitlements of sick and injured workers.
Twelve months ago the state government capped benefits and medical expenses, and axed claims made on the way to and from work, to rein in a $4 billion blowout.
The report, launched at NSW parliament on Wednesday, surveyed 1392 workers who suffered an injury at work, or on their way to and from the workplace.
It found that of the 504 workers who were receiving workers compensation payments a year ago, 92 of them – or almost a fifth – had suffered a reduction in their weekly workers compensation payment.
Over half of these workers had their weekly payments stopped completely while 61 per cent had them reduced by more than 25 per cent.
“Twelve months after the NSW government began its horrendous attack on their rights, we are beginning to see the consequences,” said Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon.
The report also found 71 per cent of respondents were still waiting for a Work Capacity Assessment to determine their eligibility for continued payments.
He called on the NSW government to return to the drawing board and draft a more humane system that prioritises rehabilitation over cost cutting.
Workers Compensation Legislation Anniversary
The the radical changes to workers compensation being passed a year ago, today injured workers got together to tell their story and enjoy a lamington, because there is nothing more Aussie than a lamington and nothing more Aussie than a fair go.