The NSW Liberal O’Farrell Government has taken an axe to workers compensation rights and entitlements.
We are starting to see many negative results as work capacity assessments or work capacity decisions have led to many workers receiving notice that their weeklypayments are being reduced or in some case terminated permanently.
A 22-year-old Canadian backpacker killed on a demolition job in Sydney has not only lost his life, but also a financial payout to his family thanks to the dodgy arrangements under which he was employed.
Mathieu Linares Lopez was killed on April 13 when he was hit by a steel beam that fell during demolition of a building in Australia Street, Camperdown.
Mathieu had been working on the site, with a friend, for two weeks when the accident happened. The CFMEU is aware that Mathieu and his friend had raised concerns about safety, but were told to continue working at the site.