One of the biggest chains of supermarket in the country is objecting to paying compensation claims to workers who were injured on their way to or from work saying that employers “cannot control risks.”
According to a Courier Mail report, the supermarket owner made a submission to a review of the state workers’ compensation scheme.
“As an employer we have no control over the risks that employees are subjected to when on a journey to and from work or whilst on a recess,” said the owner in their submission.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland also argued “journey claims” made by some workers can easily be exploited.
“Workers may at any time claim they are travelling to or from work and there is insufficient detail required under the legislation to prove otherwise.”
John Battams, president of the Queensland Council of Unions through the Courier Mail objected that journey claims only represented 6 percent of overall compensation demands. He said many Queenslanders had to travel long distances to go to and from work. The union said journey claims were an “important safeguard.”
The State’s scheme is managed and funded through WorkCover.
A Parliamentary committee will examine the submissions and is expected to report in February.