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  Issue No 29 Official Organ of LaborNet 03 September 1999  

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Compo Stats Donít Justify Slash and Burn


Unions have endorsed key aspects of a savings plan for the state's workers compensation scheme, amidst news that scheme performance is improving.

Actuary to the Workers Compensation Advisory Council, David Zaman, has estimated that the average scheme performance has improved from 3.1 per cent of average payroll to around 2.8 per cent.

This means that after years of decline, premiums are now covering the costs of the scheme.

The news comes as the Advisory Council proposes a range of savings measures, designed to rein in the scheme's deficit and ensure that the good performance continues.

The package, which was requested by the Carr Government earlier this year, includes:

- increased resources for occupational health and safety programs to be run through the new Industry Reference Groups.

- targeting of poor performing employers

- an improved medical model, including educating medical practitioners about early intervention and return to work procedures.

- increased standards on insurers to ensure they meet performance criteria, including on the spot fines.

- - strengthening the mandatory provisions for employers to provide suitable employment.

- a new method for provided modified duties through a wage subsidy where the employer is unable to provide them - particularly in small businesses.

The package is estimated to safe in excess of $300 million per annum.

Labor Council secretary Michael Costa says the savings would assist the scheme without reducing benefits. But he warned that any attempt to erode workers entitlements would not be acceptable to the union movement.


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Features
*  Activists: Virtually Here - Eric Lee
From the Kibbutz to cyberspace, Andrew Casey profiles the work of an Internet class warrior.
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*  Interview: Net Benefits
Sean Kidney has been combining business savvy with social justice for more than a decade. He gives us his take on unions and the Net.
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*  International: Dateline Dili
As the United Nations attempts to begin counting the votes from East Timorís independence referendum, the capital Dili is rapidly spiralling out of control.
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*  Unions: Secret Herbs and Spices
Read KFC worker Claire Hamilton's speech to last week's Second Wave Rally.
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*  Politics: Loosening Laborís Links?
Is Labor under Kim Beazley fundamentally changing its social appeal and turning itself into the Australian equivalent of Bill Clintonís Democrats?
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*  Labour Review: What's New at the Information Centre
Our regular update on papers and articles for union officials and students.
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*  History: Immigration, Racism and the Labour Movement
An upcoming conference asks some hard questions about the politics of immigration.
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*  Satire: Crime Figures Down: NSW Elections Postponed
The release of statistics showing decreasing crime rates has threatened to delay the next NSW election.
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*  Review: Trains of Treasure
A new CD of poems and songs pays tribute to our rich locomotive history.
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Columns
»  Guest Report
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»  Sport
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Piers Watch
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Letters to the editor
»  Is Bevis a Butthead?
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»  More Vizard Feedback
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»  The Republican Soapbox
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»  Pensioners' Plea
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