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  Issue No 110 Official Organ of LaborNet 07 September 2001  

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Injured and Ripped Off


To Whom it may concern {all Australian workers }

Five months ago I was injured at work. Suffering ligament damage to my left knee and a Herniated disk { c-6, c-7 }

It took five weeks to get surgary on my left knee because my employer not only sacked me it that time but they delayed workcover paperwork as long as possible.

It took daily calls to workcover before something happened. Mind you the employer should of had the paperwork filled out in seven days. As for my neck injury, I am still waiting to see a neurollogist that will answer my questions.

Workcover sent me to one but he would't answer my question because he was only thier to answer workcovers questions. So I have to wait two more months until I can get into see one that will answer my questions.

And I pay for that one, not Workcover because that way I know he has to answer my questions.I dont know the extent of my injuries or how long i will have constant pain, numbness , pins and needles in my left neck shoulder and arm.No one can tell me anything.Yet workcover dont care about that they just want to know what work i can do so they can send me to a host employer.So don't fooled by !

their web site. they don't care about anything except thier bottum line.

After all they're just an insurance company. my advice to everyone, Join a union.I didn't and I'm suffering big time because of it.

D Middleton, Queensland


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: Cast Adrift
Ethnic Communities Council chair Salvatore Scevola gives his take on the Tampa saga and the underlying attitudes driving the debate.
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*  Workplace: Coming to Australia
Jagath Banderra recounts his own experience as a new arrival in Australia entering the workforce.
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*  Human Rights: Long Road to Nowhere
Iraqi refugees travel the same tortuous road as Afghans. The refugees on the Tampa have almost certainly endured a similar ordeal.
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*  Immigration: Experience Required
Veronica Apap looks at the many difficulties migrants face in having their skills recognised in Australia.
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*  International: Why Economic Rationalism Isn't
The CFMEUs Phil Davey surveys the wreckage after 10 years of Brazil's Government doing what the free marketeers want.
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*  History: Johnny's Naruan Wet Dream
Rowan Cahill looks at how Australia's preferred refugee dumping ground's history is indelibly linked with our own.
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*  Unions: Getting the Message Out
Caroline Alcorso argues the integration of immigrant workers into the trade union movement has been a central issue in Australia’s post-war labor history.
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*  Work/Time/Life: Driven To The Edge
In the ACTU’S groundbreaking Fifty Families report there is one particularly sobering story. Frank tells how the modern workplace is driving some people to the fatal edge.
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*  Review: Whose Party?
NSW Labor’s century of successes began in 1910, as did the “middle classing” of Labor policy.
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*  Satire: Ethnic Wog Gangs Rape Everyone
People who are white in colour are being raped by people who are not white, an exclusive Chaser investigation found last week.
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News
»  Unions Rescue Afghan Worker
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»  Revealed: Migrants Face Hidden Unions Barriers
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»  FOI Seeks Royal Commission Papers
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»  Long Hours Corrode Family Life Says Study
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»  Medibank Workers 'Feel Bitter Now'
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»  Chronic Stress in Child Care
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»  It's a Steal! Workers Underpaid Since 1991
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»  WorkCover: Bell Rings for Round Two
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»  Transfield Fire Sale Threatens Entitlements
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»  Foot-And-Mouth Heroes Face The Boot
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»  Superannuation Warning to Labor
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»  Bully Casino Locks Out Workers
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»  Bra Wars: US Giant Quit Burma
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»  Sydney's Salsa for Saharawis
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»  Labor Council Revamps Online
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»  Get Ready to Wobble
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»  Activists' Notebook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Tampa Feedback
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»  Battling the Bullies
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»  Searching for John McNeill, Labor MP
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»  Tom Seeks Family Leave
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»  Spell Check
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»  Injured and Ripped Off
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