Greens MP and industrial relations spokesperson David Shoebridge has called on the Government to immediately initiate a parliamentary inquiry into allegations of systemic bullying within WorkCover, NSW’s key workplace safety agency.

“WorkCover’s job is to prevent bullying across NSW and it can’t even deal with bullying in its own ranks.  Neither WorkCover, nor this government, can be trusted with getting to the bottom of this.  We must have an open and accountable parliamentary enquiry into WorkCover’s palpable failure to deal with bullying,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“The two internal reviews undertaken by WorkCover have uncovered a toxic environment of bullying.   The government has sat on those reports for months and when questioned denied any problem exists.   Minister Daley now wants yet another report.  We need to shine some light on this.  It is not good enough to fob it off with another behind closed doors report on a report.”

“If WorkCover can’t stop bullying in its own ranks, how can it be up to doing its job in other workplaces in NSW?  Bullying is too serious a threat to people’s health and welfare at work to allow this problem to fester any longer.” Mr Shoebridge said.

Contact:

David Shoebridge 0408 113 952

Colin Hesse (Media officer) 9230 3030 or 0401 719 124