|Issue No 46||17 March 2000|
Victims Comp Changes Exclude Traumatised Worker
Workers who have had guns held to their heads during armed hold-ups would have no avenue for compensation, if the recommendations of a NSW Parliamentary Committee report are adopted.
Trade unions are outraged that the Parliamentary Select Committee into the NSW Victims Compensation Scheme - chaired by Labor MP Tony Stewart - failed to consult with them before coming up with plans to cut access to the scheme
If the recommendations to remove 'Non-Permanent Psychological Injuries' from the scheme are adopted, workers involved in violent crimes would be left without protection.
The Finance Sector Union (FSU) covering bank staff, Transport Workers Union (TWU) covering armoured car drivers and Shop Distributive and Allied Employees (SDA) covering retail staff have all raised concerns about the changes.
FSU assistant state secretary Kirsty Campbell told Labor Council that members who had guns held to their faces in hold-ups often were traumatised for some time afterwards.
TWU state secretary Tony Sheldon wants to invite Stewart and other members of the inquiry to participate in a Labor Council forum on the issue.
The issue will be debated further at next week's Labor Council meeting.
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