In order to highlight the problems with the return to work system Unions NSW conducted a Return to Work Inquiry to collect real world experiences of workers to present them to the NSW Parliament's Law and Justice Committee, which conducted the first statutory review of workers compensation laws.

All of the stories that you submitted to our Return to Work Inquiry have been included in our submission to the Law and Justice Committee. Here’s a copy of our submission and all the stories (de-identified). 

We appeared before the Committee on 4 November 2016 and then rallied in Martin Place, presenting a cheque for $8 billion from injured workers to the insurance industry.

Much of the Government rhetoric to justify the workers compensation cuts has been that they encourage return to work, yet there have been few substantive improvements to return to work provisions. One of the few changes was the introduction of “return work assistance” in August 2015, which is only available to a small number of injured workers who have been injured for nearly one and a half years.

Unions NSW organised a series of events in the lead-up to the first hearing of the Law and Justice Committee. Details of the events can be found here.

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