Unions NSW and The Rev Fred Nile MLC, Leader of the Christian Democratic Party have formed an agreement to work together to improve the outcome for injured workers who have been disadvantaged by the state’s workers compensation scheme. 

5000 seriously injured NSW workers have been cut off from weekly payments, and 20,000 workers with long term injuries have lost coverage for medical treatment, as a direct result of the NSW Liberal Government’s cuts to workers compensation. Many have been forced onto Centrelink benefits and have had to go without medical treatment for their injuries.

At a meeting in Trades Hall this evening, The Rev Fred Nile MLC confirmed his commitment to ensuring the fair and proper treatment of injured workers in NSW. 

“It appears we were unaware of some important facts and I believe it is in the best interest of the NSW Government to right the wrong done to genuine people who have been disenfranchised by the outcome of the Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2012,” said Rev Nile.

“The safety and wellbeing of workers injured after a workplace accident is not a political statement. It is not a slogan we use for an election campaign. It is a position I have come to after seeing the damage done by the current system and it is a position I know is shared by many in the community and in parliament.” 

Rev Nile said he strongly supported the reinstatement of medical services for injured workers and is willing to look at the issue of retrospectivity and work with Unions NSW and injured workers to implement their 12 point plan and push for an inquiry into the impact of the current workers compensation system on injured workers in NSW.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon said while such measures would not reverse the damage done since the workers compensation changes were introduced in 2012, it could make a real difference in easing the burden on injured workers lives.

“We are calling on all parliamentarians serving the people of NSW to join with us in implementing the 12 guiding principles we have developed in consultation with injured workers as a benchmark for workers compensation reform. Together we can restore justice and decency to this broken system and achieve permanent change.”

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