||Issue No. 318||03 August 2006|
Don't Bank on Costello's Oil Shocker
Interview: A Life And Death Matter
Unions: Fighting Back
Industrial: What Cowra Means
Environment: Scrambling for Energy Security
Politics: Page Turner
Economics: The State of Labour
International: Workers Blood For Oil
History: Liberty in Spain
Review: Go Roys, Make A Noise
The Locker Room
What Was He On About?
Belly On Balance
Deaf Workers Lose Voice
Omir Majstrovic, 37, was sacked after he was told five times by foremen at formwork company Formbrace to withdraw his claim, on two occasions being threatened with the sack.
Workers Online understands 11 other Formbrace workers have been sacked for the same reason.
CFMEU state secretary Andrew Ferguson said Majstrovic has no means for redress under the Howard Government's industrial relations laws, or the State Government's occupational health and safety laws.
"These workers have done nothing wrong," Ferguson said.
"All they did was undergo a hearing test where a doctor confirmed they had serious loss of hearing caused by their work, and when they put in a claim they were bullied and eventually sacked for standing up for their legal rights."
Majstrovic first learnt of his deafness after following up on a pamphlet he found in a work lunch room advertising free hearing tests.
A doctor at Westmead Hospital confirmed the diagnosis, leading Majstrovic to make a claim for compensation.
"After I put in my workers compensation claim a company foreman threatened me, told me to stop the claim, and warned me I would be sacked if I didn't back down," Majstrovic said.
Ferguson called on the Iemma Government to ensure workers making a compensation claim were protected under state laws.
"Someone who is injured at work should be guaranteed protection from dismissal, but increasingly we are seeing unscrupulous employers use clauses in Howard's new laws that allow workers to be sacked without reason."
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