The Tasmanian trade union movement works everyday towards building a better society for everyone. We do this by ensuring workers have, at a minimum, fair pay, decent jobs, rights at work and a safe workplace. Above all else, the safety of working people is the core business of the union movement. Our interest and advocacy extends to workers when they have been injured at work.
Unions play a key role in assisting workers to navigate an often adversarial and unfamiliar workers rehabilitation and compensation system. For union members, and indeed for a number of non-union members, a union is often the first port of call for assistance with their workplace injury and subsequent claim. As a result, we are acutely aware of the negative effects on older workers when payments cease at age pension age. It is for these reasons that we make this submission.
We are pleased to provide this submission addressing the issues and options as identified in the Issues Paper issued by the WorkCover Tasmania Board.