11:46 pm, Tuesday 26 February, 2013
South Australia – Unions welcome the State Government’s announcement of the WorkCover Improvement Project.
SA Unions secretary, Janet Giles said unions were promised a review in 2010 and is glad that it’s finally in progress.
“A whole series of changes were made to WorkCover in 2008, which we were told would make the scheme more efficient and get people back to work sooner.”
“But the opposite happened.”
“The South Australian scheme has the worst return to work and treats people more fairly,” said MS Giles.
She said she has had meetings with the Minister for Industrial Relations, John Rau, and is looking forward to discuss the project.
“We welcome his statements that more needs to be done to reduce the number of workforce injuries and improve the experience of injured workers,” she said.
SA Unions is making a formal submission to the Project. The union is also represented on the Workers’ Rehabilitation and Advisory Committee.