Unions back workers' compo petition
WITH North Coast union support, the State Opposition has launched a petition against the O'Farrell Government's workers' compensation laws.
Country Labor MLC for Coffs Harbour Greg Donnelly is collecting the signatures of North Coast workers on a petition to be presented in State Parliament.
Mr Donnelly said the unfair workers compensation laws were rushed through in the dead of night, just before the NSW Parliament broke for its winter recess.
"At 2:35am on June 22, the Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser along with his Coalition colleagues, voted in favour of legislation that significantly reduces and in some cases abolished workers' compensation rights for injured workers and their families," Mr Donnelly said.
"The legislative changes are a wholesale attack on the industrial rights of NSW's 3.5 million workers and their families."
The laws led to a statewide strike of NSW Fire and Rescue staff after the motion reached parliament but an amendment was made to protect the benefits of emergency service workers.
The Opposition claims the government did not go to the 2011 election seeking a mandate to make changes to the workers' compensation system.
A major concern is that workers will not be compensated if they are injured on the way to and from work.