The NSW government made cuts to workers compensation in 2012. The government said the fund was unsustainable and cut benefits to injured workers, with 4,000 workers cut off on Boxing Day 2017. However, we know the government is actually sitting on a growing surplus of $2.4 billion, yet the government continues to cut benefits to these injured workers.
This money is there to help workers who have been injured at work – it should be used to do that. The NSW Government can afford workers compensation – it just doesn’t believe people are entitled to it.
There is also speculation the NSW Government has plans to privatise its workers compensation scheme. The welfare of the injured and vulnerable should not be in the hands of private for-profit companies. Sign our petition to demand the government commit to keeping workers comp in public hands and restore benefits to injured workers.