|Issue No 110||07 September 2001|
WorkCover: Bell Rings for Round Two
The Sheahan Inquiry's recommendations for the future of common law in the NSW workers compensation system will be revealed this week, signalling the beginning of the next phase battle to protect injured workers rights.
The union representatives on Justice Sheahan's steering committee will be briefed on the recommendations on Monday, with a meeting of all affiliates Wednesday.
The key issue in the report include the threshold for accessing common law and suing negligent employers. The government has argued for 25 per cent whole of body, the Labor Council submission is 10 per cent.
Other issues include the treatment of workers with psychological stress and provision of payment for non-economic loss and pain and suffering.
The Sheahan Inquiry was called as part of an agreed process to handle the bitter dispute between union and governments over the Della Bosca reform package. The unions have made it clear that will not be bound by the outcomes of the inquiry's report.
The Della Bosca planned called for a 25 per cent whole of body threshold, which would have excluded all but the most horrendously injured workers from common law actions.
Interview: Cast Adrift
Ethnic Communities Council chair Salvatore Scevola gives his take on the Tampa saga and the underlying attitudes driving the debate.
Workplace: Coming to Australia
Jagath Banderra recounts his own experience as a new arrival in Australia entering the workforce.
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.
Immigration: Experience Required
Veronica Apap looks at the many difficulties migrants face in having their skills recognised in Australia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Review: Whose Party?
NSW Labor’s century of successes began in 1910, as did the “middle classing” of Labor policy.
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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