On 19 June it will be five years since the NSW government introduced sweeping changes to Workers Compensation legislation that cut away the rights of those injured at work. In those five years Unions NSW, working with Federation and other unions, has coordinated a campaign to pressure the government to reverse the worst of these changes.
Improvements have included access to free legal representation, better access for workers over 65 and an extension from 48 hours to up to three months for your GP to decide on the treatment you need without having to seek approval from the insurer. The campaign continues, and current goals include:
- ending the five-year limit on weekly payments
- offering realistic suitable duties for those returning to work
- increasing return to work rates
- reinstating journey claim cover.
Federation members are urged to become informed and involved in this campaign.
Go to the Unions NSW website for further information and a guide on emailing your local MP to urge support for improving the rights of people who are injured in their workplaces.