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  Issue No 99 Official Organ of LaborNet 15 June 2001  




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Workers Compo Bill Hovers

The Carr Government is poised to introduce a new workers compensation bill into State Parliament next week.

A copy of the Bill was circulated to trade unions late Friday and will be scrutinised by Labor Council's legal advisor Jeff Shaw, QC, over the weekend.

A meeting of the Labor Council's workers compensation campaign meeting has been convened for Monday morning to consider Shaw's advice.

Assistant secrtary John Robertson says the Council is determined to ensure that the legislation that goes before Parliament reflects the framework agreed to by Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca last month.

That agreement was based on the following Labor Council resolution:

The Government proceed with drafting amendments (based on the Working Party Reports) to the Statutory Scheme, subject to clarification on certain aspects of the new proposed Dispute Resolution process.

The process for the development of the Guidelines, Thresholds and Formula is subject to a proper review and scrutiny by the Labor Council of New South Wales before being introduced as part of the reforms.

In addition, it be agreed that under the proposed Guidelines, thresholds & formula, injured workers should not be disadvantaged as per their current entitlements.

In relation to Common Law an Inquiry be conducted and Chaired by an independent person. The inquiry should include representatives from the Employers, Unions and Government.

The terms of Reference for this inquiry would be

· Examining more efficient ways to process Common Law claims

· Reducing unnecessary cost and inefficiencies in the System

· Maintaining access to the System for seriously injured workers

· How to reduce the incentive for pursuing unnecessary Common Law actions

There should not be any amendments to the Common Law provision until the conclusion of this inquiry.

That the package should include satisfactory outcomes of compliance issues and injury management.

That this position be communicated to the Minister and the Premier with a request that they respond as a matter of urgency.


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In this issue
*  Interview: In Defence of the Umpire
Australian Industry Group chief Bob Herbert on why the Industrial Relations Commission is worth fighting for.
*  Unions: Diary of a Dude
One.Tel worker Warren Manners thought he had a dream job and no need for a union. That was until the money ran out.
*  Legal: Dot.Com Casualties
The high profile collapse of One.Tel had significant implications for its employees. But what about its contractors?
*  Industrial: The Shopfloor, United
Chris Christodoulou argues that without an active union membership, workplace democracy is just a pipe dream.
*  International: A Saharawi Woman's Plea
Sydney unionist Stephanie Brennan travelled to Africa to witness first-hand the struggle for independence in West Sahara.
*  History: Once Were Tuckpointers
Trawling through the files, Paul Howes stumbles upon some unions that represented workers long departed.
*  Politics: Out Of The Comfort Zone
In his new book, Brett Evans argues that while Labor is honing its reform agenda, it is still struggling to reform itself.
*  Satire: World Domination
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn’t pay anyway.
*  Review: Wiped Out
Bread and Roses is a new movie about the struggle of invisible office cleaners to gain dignity and respect at work. Pity you won’t see it here.

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