O’Farrell’s Savage Compo Cuts Pass with Greens amendments to protect Firefighters and Paramedics

Barry O’Farrell’s savage cuts to workers compensation passed the NSW Parliament late last night despite opposition from both the Greens and the NSW ALP, but benefits for firefighters and paramedics were protected due to successful Greens’ amendments to protect emergency service workers.

FBEU Secretary Jim Casey and David outside parliament today

Greens NSW MP and Industrial Relations spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“These savage compensation cuts show Barry O’Farrell’s administration to be the most radical and ideologically driven government in NSW since WWII.

“In a single night workers lost their entitlement to lump sum compensation for pain and suffering, ongoing medical payments, protection during journeys and widows lost the right to claim for nervous shock.

Get the facts about the changes here

“Disgracefully, the government joined with the Reverend Fred Nile to abolish the entitlement that injured workers have to have their legal costs paid, even if they win their cases against insurance companies.

“The changes are even more fundamental when you realise that they almost entirely retrospective, applying to all prior injuries, even where workers have long settled their cases.

“The one glimmer of light from the Parliament’s savage cuts was the acceptance of the Greens’ amendments, despite opposition from the government, to ensure firefighters and paramedics obtain the same protection from these changes as was being proposed for police and SES members.

“This is not the end of the matter; over the coming days, months and years the savagery and unfairness of these changes will become apparent to the broader community.

“The Greens will join with unions and injured workers to press for a return to fairness and dignity in the NSW workers compensation scheme,” Mr Shoebridge said.

Get the facts about the changes to the NSW workers’ compensation scheme here

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6 Responses to O’Farrell’s Savage Compo Cuts Pass with Greens amendments to protect Firefighters and Paramedics

  1. Ed Melinz June 22, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    A big thank you from all Firefighters in NSW. I hope we can assist all other workers in NSW to achieve a fair outcome for their families.
    Ed Melinz

  2. jason morgan June 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    thanks for getting these amendments into the workers comp legislation david ,all firefighters are greatly appreciative of your support for our cause and workers in general.
    Jason Morgan
    firefighter maitland fire station

  3. BG June 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Just typical. We wait aaaaaaaages for a radical and ideologically-driven Government to make major, lasting changes… and when we finally get one, it’s a bunch of right-wing, small-government, screw-the-public nutjobs.

    Frustrating. I was so hoping for a paradigm shift *to the Left*.

    Oh well, props to The Greens for protecting at least some of the people who keep this State functioning.


  4. Martin Cox June 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Thank you Mr. Shoe-bridge and cross benchers for your support in defeating the disgraceful bill tabled by this self serving, lying and repugnant Govt with regards to their Workers Compensation legislation


  5. Graeme Ottley. June 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Thanks David and your party for helping the firies. I watched you in the Upper House yesterday afternoon battling for us. We wont forget come election time.

  6. L Newington June 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    One of the examples NSW Premier Barry O’Farrel gave this morning on ABC radio, in breaking down worker compensation changes, was a priest being fully covered injuried, which was interesting.
    If he injures a person to whom he has a duty of care for, there is no liability clauses to cover the injured person by any insurance company or institution.
    Secondary injuries are then incurred when the victim has to fight the hierarchy and their maze of legalities.
    It’s easier to claim from the government than the church, that includes children born of same, with single mothers benefits atuomatically given due to lack of assests or vows of poverty.
    What a rorte.