Holiday pay under threat – injured NSW workers

WorkCover in NSW is reviewing the entitlement of injured workers to accumulate holiday and long service leave and are considering stopping this practice.

They have received advice that the currently used interpretation of the legislation is incorrect and that employers may have no obligation to remunerate these payments after a worker is injured.

Michael Daley, the Opposition spokesman, has said he believe this to be yet another strike at already disadvantaged NSW workers after alterations have already been made to their compensation payments.

He said that workers are seen only as numbers in NSW and the Opposition is requesting that the government leave this entitlement in place.

David Shoebridge, a Greens MP, commented that workers should keep their right to accumulate annual leave, this right should not be lost by workers simply because they are injured.

A spokesperson from the office of the Finance Minister Greg Pearce said that the review of the leave entitlements is separate from other compensation changes and instigated by WorkCover itself not the government.

The Minister will be commenting after he has received advice from WorkCover.

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