A group of six Carrum locals who were injured at work have formed an “Injured Workers Support Network”, meeting monthly in the South East of Melbourne.
The group fosters a sense of community and shared experience that injured workers often crave during the isolating and protracted experience of securing workers compensation.
Significantly, group participants also take group action against employers and insurers who mistreat injured workers through unscrupulous insurance practices.
The group has already run two protests against Australia Post, whose managers receive generous bonuses for persistently delaying and denying rightful workers compensation claims.
The Injured Workers Support Network originally formed last August with the assistance of Victorian Trades Hall Council, and are reaching out to other injured workers in the South East through an upcoming community forum.
Speakers at the Community Forum will include local injured worker and group spokesperson, Campbell Walton, and a workers’ compensation lawyer from Slater & Gordon lawyers.
Quotes attributable to Campbell Walton, Carrum Local and Southeast Injured Workers Support Group Spokesperson:
“We face a battle on all sides when we are injured at work. It’s a struggle that is consuming and isolating, but it doesn’t have to be.
“When we get together to talk this out we find that while our injuries can be different, our experience of the Workers’ Compensation System is the same. There is comfort in that.
“It is empowering to know that you are not alone and can work together to find how we can help each other.”
What: Injured Workers Community Forum
When: 7pm – 9pm. Wednesday 19th April.
Where: Carrum Uniting Church, 10-12 McLeod Rd, Carrum
Media Contact: Amy Jenkins, OHS Communications Organiser
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