On average, every 5 out of 100 workers each year are afflicted with an injury or illness obtained in the workplace.
According to Safe Work Australia 184 Australians lost their lives at work in 2014.
The need for an effective compensation scheme is clear. But the Abbott Government is proposing radical changes to the Comcare scheme through amendments to the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act that will clearly disadvantage workers.
The Abbott Govt has introduced 3 Bills into the Parliament.
The 1st Bill, the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, seeks to expand the Comcare scheme to multi-state employers. This Bill undermines State systems and adopts the lowest common denominator approach to workers’ compensation.
The 1st Bill was referred to the Senate Education and Employment Committee last year and is now in the Senate. The 2nd and 3rd Bills have recently been referred to the Senate Education and Employment Committee.
Your CWU National Office is working with the ACTU and other unions to stop changes to the SRC Act that will disadvantage workers. We will keep you updated.