27 March 2002
Why Shouldn't Seriously Injured Workers Get Lump Sums?
“The negative publicity about lump sums for sexual abuse should not obscure the huge injustice which will be addressed when ACC lump sum compensation is re-introduced from 1 April,” Council of Trade Unions’ president Ross Wilson said today.
Ross Wilson was commenting on publicity about lump sum compensation for sexual abuse.
“What is being overlooked is that New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world which denies compensation for the effects of permanent impairment to workers who are disabled in work accidents,” he said.
“The bitter irony is that although injured workers have been denied lump sum compensation for gross physical injuries from work accidents for almost 10 years, the politicians who denied them have continued to have the right to get six figure awards for injury to their reputations through defamation laws.
“The restoration of lump sum compensation for workers, and other New Zealanders, who lose limbs and suffer other appalling injuries in accidents is long overdue”.