|Issue No 107||17 August 2001|
WorkCover Report Delayed Two More Weeks
By Mary Yaager
The Sheahan Report into workers compensation common law rights has had its deadline extended by two weeks at the request of chair, Justice Terry Sheahan.
Because of the overwhelming amount of submissions, complex reports and material the Inquiry has collected from a variety of sources both in Australia and oversees Justice Shaehan has asked the Premier, Bob Carr for an extension
Justice Shaehan advised the Premier that he did not believe that he would do justice to the task at hand in the time frame provided.
The Inquiry into common law which was due to be handed down today however Justice Sheehan has been granted an extension of another two 2 weeks.
The NSW Law Society welcomes the extension particularly in light of the fact that a very critical report, commissioned by WorkCover and which could significantly influence the Inquiry w has only been made available in the last couple of days.
Rita Mallia Senior Legal Officer with the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union, said given that critical information has only just become available at this late it is not surprising that the Inquiry has been extended"
Joan Lemaire , Industrial Officer with NSW Teachers Federation said that she is concerned that the Government has not indicated that they will allow a period of time in which the findings and recommendations can be discussed with the unions"
Any attempt to rush through changes without consultation could seriously disadvantage injured workers and this is just unacceptable ' Joan went on to say.
Patricia Fernadez ,Organiser with the Meat Employees Union said there is a considerable amount of angst out there amongst the workers about the outcome this inquiry and delaying this inquiry means workers will have to wait even longer to learn of their fate'.
The major fear of these workers is that they will no longer be able to sue an for a serious injury by a negligent employer Patricia further stated.
The report will now be handed the Governor on the 31st August 2001.
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