UNION activists joined sick and injured workers at Tomago on Thursday to call for changes to the Baird Government’s 2012 workers’ compensation laws.
Unions NSW assistant secretary Emma Maiden said a review of the 2012 legislation was ordered in March this year, with the Legislative Council’s standing committee on law and justice holding hearings at Parliament House, Sydney, on Friday.
Ms Maiden, who will address the hearing, said insurers and employers had benefited under the Coalition laws at the expense of thousands of injured workers, who had their benefits reduced or removed.
Rowan Kernebone of the Injured Workers Support Network said NSW had the worst system in Australia and treated workers “like manilla folders on insurers’ desks.
Injured former Mount View High School school teacher Tony Strazzari told the rally that a system that perhaps looked reasonable on paper worked out very badly for injured workers in reality.