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Unions Cautious Over New Insurance Deal

By Mary Yaager

The Government this week announced a new discount scheme, which offers employers who do the right thing up to $75,000 off their workers compensation premium.

"The scheme introduces new incentives for employers to have safer workplaces and better return to work strategies for injured workers, including a discount of up to 15% off their workers compensation premiums in the first year", said the Special Minister of State and Minister for Industrial Relations, John Della Bosca.

"There are discounts of up to $50,000 (10%) in the second year and a maximum of $25,000 (5%) in the third year."

Michael Costa, Secretary of the Labor Council of New South Wales, said the unions cautiously welcome these new arrangements because they encourage employers to implement proper workplace safety and offer employees who are injured alternate suitable work.

Michael went on to say that the union movement will be keeping a close watching brief on the administration of this scheme to make sure that it is not abused and manipulated, and that employers actually do the right thing.

Michael further stated that there is a discount scheme in South Australia, which offers employers a reduction in their premium, however, the unions are highly sceptical of this scheme because of the ability of employers to manipulate the process.

This scheme in New South Wales will be administered by special consultants, who will be approved by WorkCover.

In conclusion Michael said that the unions will ensure that they have significant input into the administration and auditing process of this new scheme.


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In this issue
Features
*  Interview: Working Woman
Cheryl Kernot on women in the workplace, Labor's male culture and where Meg went wrong.
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*  Activists: Honouring Our Heroes
Anna Stewart changed the lives of Australian working families by helping women achieve balance between the competing demands of work and family.
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*  Women: The Future is Female
Julia Gillard outlines the campaign to increase female representation within the Australian Labor Party.
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*  Unions: Sweatshops Ė Beyond 2001
FairWear convenor Debbie Carstens looks over a unique partnership between churches and unions to end exploitation in the textile industry.
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*  Politics: The Battle for Bennelong
Many trade unionists are working to kick John Howard out of office. But only one woman has a chance of kicking him out of his own seat. Meet Nicole Campbell.
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*  International: Border Skirmishes
Alana Kerr travelled to Thailand to observe first hand the battle to organise Burmese women workers in exile.
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*  History: Inside the Ladies Lounge
The McDonald sisters run Trades Hall, and have for over half a century. The building canít speak about what has gone on in that time, but Lorna and Elaine probably know it all.
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*  Satire: Taliban to Put One Nation Last
The Parliamentary fate of Pauline Hansonís One Nation party was further obscured today as key fellow right-wing extremists moved to distance themselves from the controversial Queensland politician and the group she founded and leads.
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*  Review: Seven Steps to Slavation
Jenny Macklin details the seven barriers that stand between women and a better working life.
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News
»  Sweat Stains the Great Aussie Cossie
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»  Chinks Emerge in Carrís Call Centre Stonewall
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»  Telstra Called on Part-Time Work
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»  ACTU Pushes for Reasonable Hours
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»  Ruddock Faces Legal Action Over Working Visas
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»  National Textiles Revisited: More Workers Dumped
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»  New on the Menu: Home Delivery AWAs
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»  Pay Equity Case Up And Running
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»  Child Care OH&S 'a Time Bomb'
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»  New Precedent for Workers with Print Disabilities
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»  Australian Shippers Promote Slavery
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»  Ambos Tried Without a Jury
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»  Unions Cautious Over New Insurance Deal
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»  Fears Over Future of Unfair Contracts
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»  APESMA Launches Professional Womenís Network Directory
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»  Womenís Gateway Launched
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»  EMILY's List Raises Flag for Women Candidates
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»  Web Pioneer Goes Global
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»  Public Education Day on March 15
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»  Activists Notebook
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Columns
»  The Soapbox
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»  The Locker Room
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»  Trades Hall
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»  Tool Shed
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Letters to the editor
»  Viva La Shane!
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»  Still the Same
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»  Sydney Council Tip of Iceberg
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»  New Battle Grounds
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»  Patricks Footnote
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»  The Ripple Effect
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