Jun 222012
 

Click on the following link http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/workcover-changes-are-messy-ofarrell-20120622-20rg7.html

The NSW government has now agreed to exempt firefighters and paramedics and not just policeman which for any one with a reasonable amount of intelligence results in two classes of workers, those that are exempted from legislation and those who are not exempted. This is the same situation that exists in Alberta and as well across Canada where firefighters and now all first responders are given presumptive status and other workers are not given presumptive status which in my humble opinion results in a class discrimination. According to human rights legislation and as well, the charter, when people are treated differently, this results in discrimination which is illegal. All people are supposed to be treated equally under the law and before the law.

There is absolutely no reason why the NSW workers compensation would have a 4 billion dollars debt, other than through gross mismanagement. Many workers compensation systems are in debt because of poor investment practices. Studies across America have concluded that work reported injuries are drastically down due to workers not reporting accidents for fear of losing their jobs, yet costs to administer the system have skyrocketed with many workers compensation systems blaming medical costs rather than admitting they lost money through poor investment practices. The same thing that is happening in NSW has been happening across America where workers are having their benefits reduced or eliminated due to worker compensation systems debt load and unfunded liabilities. Many people are of the opinion that the debts incurred by WCB systems should be shifted to the governments who are directly responsible for the mess they have created and is something I agree with. Notably, the WSIB are over 14 billion dollars in debt and are contemplating reducing or eliminating benefits which results in shifting the costs to government sponsored programs such as CPP disability programs and provincial social services programs. Over a hundred years ago, the historic agreement between workers and employers was to prevent workers from becoming a charge on family, friends and society and a hundred years later workers are a charge on family, friends and society. That being the case, what is the point of having workers compensation systems? Why have a system that has now become a two tiered system where you have two classes of workers, firefighters, first responders who have dual taxpayer and employer full earning loss benefits as compared to other workers who have no earning loss benefits even though they are supposed to be guaranteed earning loss benefits from worker compensation systems.

Gerry Miller

Jun 222012
 

For those people who are unaware of what is happening in Australia over cuts to workers compensation benefits due to a 4 billion dollar deficit here are some links:

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/sydney-home-burns-as-nsw-firies-strike-20120621-20qgq.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/firefighters-strike-as-compo-fight-erupts-20120621-20oya.html

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/nile-wont-seek-firefighters-exemption-20120621-20piw.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-21/nsw-firefighters-strike-over-workers-compensation/4085034?section=nsw

Cutting workers benefits does not solve the problem of deficits and adding insult to injury is that policeman are exempted from the cutbacks. The legislation passed by the NSW government exempting policeman from cutbacks is as stupid as providing firefighters with being the only workers who are given presumptive status while other workers are exempted. Many people can understand now why people don’t bother to vote due to the fact that when a person reaches into a barrel of assholes, you will pull out an asshole.

When governments bring in legislation that divides workers or bring in legislation to protect the system and the people within the system, I believe that workers should support each other and go on strike and stay on strike even if the government bring in back to work legislation. Realistically, there are not enough jails in Canada to incarcerate hundreds of thousands of workers who choose to disobey back to work legislation. If governments will not protect working people, then civil disobedience is the only way to fix the problems that plague workers compensation systems.

Gerry Miller