MEDIA RELEASE: 8 Victorians killed at work for every 1 reported workplace death

Victorian Trades Hall Council has warned that official statistics grossly understate workplace fatalities in Victoria, counting only 1 in every 8 deaths due to injury or illnesses sustained at work. A VTHC analysis shows that in 2016-17 over 200 Victorians died as a direct result of Workplace injury or illness, although the government’s official tally for the year is just 26. Continue reading

LOCAL INJURED WORKERS TO HOLD COMMUNITY FORUM IN CARRUM TO SUPPORT PEERS

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.      Continue reading

INJURED WORKERS RALLY TO PUT THE HEAT ON AUSTRALIA POST AS SENATE GRILLS EXECUTIVE

Injured workers will rally at Australia Post’s Melbourne HQ tomorrow morning (Feb 28, 8.30am) while its executive are slated to appear in front of senate estimates committee. Injured workers will present a giant postcard to Australia Post’s Head Office on Bourke St calling on the Australia Post to stop paying management bonuses for delaying workers compensation claims and intimidating injured workers. Download PDF version. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE: AKZO NOBEL PAINT FACTORY MAY HAVE KNOWINGLY EXPOSED WORKERS TO IMPORTED ASBESTOS

Workers at a Melbourne paint factory have demanded answers from their employer today, regarding revelations that staff may have been exposed to asbestos since October 2016.   Tests conducted at the plant are expected to show asbestos contamination, but workers have not yet been advised of the results.   Quotes attributable to Dr. Paul Sutton, OHS lead Organiser, Victorian Trades Hall Council and Jess Walsh, Secretary, United Voice   Continue reading