I am so pleased that our union has managed to win back the rights of injured teachers who had to use their sick pay to top up their salaries while being on workers compensation.
When the Coalition government passed these laws in 2012, there was no consideration given to how they would damage injured workers.
The laws were passed in haste with the primary motive being to make injured workers pay for a technical deficit in the scheme (that deficit has now been addressed and was never as bad as the government claimed).
At last we are seeing some justice being returned to injured workers, but why have they had to go through such continual stress and hardship caused by these laws? Nearly every gain had has had to be fought for in the courts because the amendments were poorly constructed and ideologically driven.
I commend the NSWTF for taking on this issue. Even though it has taken a long time, all teachers should acknowledge that our union is there for us when we cannot fight alone. After all, no one asks to be injured at work and anything that can make one’s life a bit better when this happens is most welcome.