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Labor announces its workplace relations policy: takes aim at casualisation, industrial manslaughter

Everyone deserves and should expect a safe workplace.

When you start your shift, you should be able to arrive home safely when you finish it. Labor’s announcement that it would introduce industrial manslaughter legislation is a welcome one.

We know that casualisation means jobs that Tasmanians can’t rely on. Casual work makes it hard to pay your bills and plan your life. We welcome Labor’s commitment to looking at converting casual public sector jobs to permanent work.

Labor says it will bring in presumptive post-traumatic stress disorder legislation for ‘frontline’ first responders – we know that many workers in the public sector often experience trauma while on the job, in our Child Safety Service, in our Corrections facilities and in many other corners of our public services. Labor says it would “consider whether protections need to be extended to other roles such as child safety workers and correctional officers”. We would hope that they would consider these important jobs, which keep our communities safe, protect young people and support families as frontline work.

Step down provisions mean that if someone is on workers compensation, their pay reduces over time. They would receive:

• 100% of the normal weekly payment for 26 weeks;
• 90% of the normal weekly payment for weeks 27 to 78, inclusive; and
• 80% of the normal weekly payment thereafter.

We would welcome these provisions being reviewed for all public sector workers, especially in light of the Liberals saying they would do this for police officers alone.

Read more in the following links.

http://www.examiner.com.au/story/5222603/labor-announces-plan-to-reduce-job-insecurity-in-the-state/?cs=95

http://www.workcover.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/163647/A_Guide_to_Workers_Compensation_in_Tasmania.pdf

http://www.treasury.tas.gov.au/tasmanian-risk-management-fund/incident-management/personal-injury/workers-compensation/workers-compensation-extent-of-cover 

The Mercury, January 20, page 5.

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