|Issue No 122||07 December 2001|
New Front in Battle for Compo Rights
The NSW Labor Council is planning to run a test case in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to increase the level of workers compensation benefits through the award system.
The test case would seek to increase the maximum payments for workers compensation from the current level of $250,000 to $500,000.
It would then be open to individual unions to pursue the increased benefits on an industry by industry basis.
If successful, employers would be required to take out top-up insurance to cover the extra liability above the minimum contained in the WorkCover scheme.
NSW Labor Council secretary John Robertson says he is seeking legal advice on the feasibility of the claim with a view to launching a test case early in the New Year.
"This action is a direct result of the deficiencies in the current workers compensation laws - that have stripped back the rights of all workers," Robertson says.
"We have argued all along that if the scheme is in crisis as the government suggests, then the burden should be shared equally between employers and workers.
"Given that the government has placed all the burden on workers, we believe this type of direct action though the Industrial Relations Commission is justifiable."
Details of the claim and the union campaign in defence of workers compensation entitlements were contained in full-page newspaper advertisements running across the state this week.
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