Myth 4: If you cut injured workers rights, they will return to work sooner
- The Government wants to reduce weekly payments 13 weeks after injury, then cut-off weekly payments and medical bills for most workers after 2 ½ years.
- Even a 10% cut in weekly payments for a worker on the minimum wage is nearly $60 less each week.
- Making injured workers survive on lower weekly payments won’t stop them being injured but will make it harder for them to make ends meet.
- Many injured workers can work but their employer can’t or won’t give them a suitable job. Cutting their weekly payments won’t change this fact.
- Many injured workers are working, but need follow-up operations or medication for many years. To cut them off from weekly benefits and medical costs is heartless and will put a huge financial strain on these families.
- If injured workers can’t work and are cut off from weekly payments after 2 ½ years, they will be forced to move onto Centrelink payments. This will mean taxpayers, not insurance companies, bear the cost.