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PostSubject: Australian Nursing Federation   Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:46 pm

12 March 2008
Dear Reader,
Injured workers' entitlements are under threat due to the State Government's proposed changes to
WorkCover legislation.
The proposed changes will see:
Payments to Injured workers cut after 13 weeks to 80 percent of their average weekly earnings.
Weekly payments discontinued altogether after two and half years following injury.
If an injured worker disputes their claim, they will receive no payments during this time.
Reduced compensation for loss of a limb or body function at the discretion of WorkCover.
While the State Government is currently debating these changes in parliament, Premier Mike Rann believes cuts to entitlements are necessary because of unfunded liabilities of more than $840 million. Despite the schemes financial blow-out, Premier Rann also wants to reduce employers levy rates, arguing these changes will make the SA WorkCover system the fairest in the country.
Along with SA Unions, the ANF fails to see how this proposed legislation is fair to injured workers. The primary focus of workers compensation should be effective return to work for injured workers. However the State Government's plan to improve financial viability of the scheme is directly contrary to the interests of injured workers and will not facilitate early return-to-work outcomes.
If this proposed legislation goes ahead the ANF is deeply concerned for the welfare of all injured workers including nurses, midwives and personal care attendants.
I am urging all members to take action now to protect the rights of injured workers. By signing ANF's electronic petition you can help stop this proposed legislation from going ahead.
To sign ANF's petition, visit the website <http://www.sa.anf.org.au> and follow the link to:
<http://gopetition.com/petitions/protect-the-welfare-of-iniured-workers.html>
To find out all the latest about future campaigns, news and information, why not forward us your email address and/or mobile number. By emailing or SMS we can keep you informed with events as they happen. You can update your details on the ANF website or contact membership on: 08 8334 1902.
Yours truly,

Elizabeth Da bars Secretary-elect
ANF (SA Branch) and ANF South Australian Branch
191 Torrens Road Ridleyton SA 5008 : PO Box 861 Regency Park BC SA 5942 Tel:
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