The NSW government has failed to act on an independent report raising serious concerns about the plight of injured workers following its controversial changes to WorkCover NSW laws for almost 18 months.
The Daily Telegraph has uncovered that the appointment of Paul John Gregory, a lawyer who was sentenced to two years imprisonment for tax fraud in 2010, as WIRO’s Implementation Director is part of a string of apparent “jobs for the boys” appointments involving Mr Garling.
For three years, workers and their unions have placed pressure on the NSW Liberal Government to reverse the cruel cuts they made to the workcover NSW legislation in 2012. Now, more than ever, we need to know how the workers compensation changes are impacting on the lives of injured workers. If you have ever received workers compensation please complete this Unions NSW survey!
According to the WorkCover Independent Review Office (WIRO), amendments made to WorkCover NSW in 2012 have left the program “overly complex and a source of confusion and frustration for all scheme participants”.
NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Dominic Perrottet announced yesterday in a media release that he has asked WorkCover NSW to conduct a survey of both workers and businesses about their experience of the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme.
More than 5000 NSW injured workers have lost their workers’ compensation benefits since the state government overhauled the WorkCover NSW scheme in 2012, a new Macquarie University research study has found.
According to the NSW Business Chamber, Kim Garling, the Workcover Independent Review Officer (WIRO), has (in Nov 2014) announced an inquiry under Section 27 (c) of the Workplace Injury management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.
According to the NSW Law Society, Injured workers in NSW have given up the fight for compensation and are instead relying on Medicare and Centrelink for assistance.
Further to yesterday’s article “Ill worker seeks damages against sacked former NSW finance minister for breach of privacy” it has come to our attention that The Civil and Administrative Tribunal’s most interesting decision is formally on the record: AQO v Gregory Pearce MLC  NSWCATAD 210.
An ill worker whose private medical history was used without his permission in a NSW government press release that declared the state’s workers’ compensation scheme was out of control, has won the right to pursue sacked former finance minister Greg Pearce for damages!