Unions and workers protest against WorkCover changes

Protest rallies will be held in Sydney today over the NSW Government’s proposed cuts to workers compensation and entitlements.

The Herald Sun reports that protesters from TAFE, the Powerhouse, UTS and the ABC will meet in Ultimo in central Sydney shortly after NSW Treasurer Mike Baird hands down the state Budget.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said the changes to WorkCover would result to workers losing their protection when travelling to and from work.

A cap will also be introduced for medical expenses, and compensation would be cut off after two and a half years.

“People who have been badly injured at work are among society’s most vulnerable,” said Mr Lennon in a statement.

“The last thing they need is for the government to swoop in and remove a chunk of the modest entitlements that allow them to maintain a dignified existence.”

In a news article published by SafetyCulture in April, Minister for Finance & Services, Greg Pearce said the scheme had a deficit of more than $4 billion and would soon be unable to help injured workers get back to work unless changes are done to make it more effective and economically sound. Unions, however, fear the WorkCover changes will lead to injured workers’ benefits being slashed.

NSW nurses have voted to stop work over the WorkCover overhaul tomorrow.

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