LIVES RUINED: Workers take chance to tell their story
WORKERS will have the chance to say how living on insurance hand outs has ruined their lives at a union inquiry hearing at South Grafton today.
The Unions NSW inquiry into the enduring impact of workers compensation will hold a hearing at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.
It will feature first-hand accounts of how sick and injured workers have had their lives turned upside down.
A report released in June showed the Government had made very limited progress in returning sick and injured employees to work - one of the stated aims of the State Government's savage cuts to workers' compensation four years ago.
The Impact on Injured Workers of Changes to NSW Workers' Compensation by Macquarie University's Centre for Workforce Futures also discovered regular harassment and bullying among people trying to return to work, with little evidence of employer support during the recovery process
Unions NSW is touring 11 regional centres across the State to hear testimony and feedback about the impact of the workers compensation cuts.