As posted earlier, it has recently come to our attention that the Victorian Government has introduced a new bill into parliament with the intention to consolidate the current law governing a Victorian worker’s entitlements to workcover compensation, into a single Act that is simpler and easier to use – NOT!
According to Daniel Andrews, Leader of the Opposition, Labor has successfully amended legislation in the Victorian Parliament to ensure workers’ compensation rights were not gutted by the Napthine Government, Shadow Minister for WorkCover.
Labor Protects Victorian Workers Compensation Rights
Labor has successfully amended legislation in the Victorian Parliament to ensure workers’ compensation rights were not gutted by the Napthine Government, Shadow Minister for WorkCover, Robin Scott, said.
Mr Scott said the Napthine Government introduced legislation that sought to significantly disadvantage injured workers.
“Even from Opposition, Victorian Labor is standing up for workers and fighting any attempt by the Liberals to make workers worse off – particularly injured workers.
“Workers have the right to safe employment and the right to adequate support in the event of injury – something the Liberals have never understood or valued.
“Labor has a proud record of delivering successive premium reductions to employers while introducing reforms such as WorkHealth – a world-first program which improved the health and wellbeing of Victorian workers.
“This program is being scrapped from the end of the year and Victorians will be worse off as a result.”
The Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Bill 2013 introduced by the Napthine Government sought to:
- establish a mechanism that could stall the resolution of injured workers lump sum impairment claims and deny seriously injured workers the ability to initiate a common-law claim.
- undermine the judicial oversight of Medical Panels, reducing the capacity for injured workers to seek judicial review of medical panel opinions.
- remove the protection of the “Harman Rule” of evidence for injured workers.
What can we say but THANK YOU. It is a shame the NSW Labour government had no power in June last year when the draconian reforms were passed by the Liberals!
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