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News Media Releases Unions call for state govt to end age discrimination
Unions call for state govt to end age discrimination
Thursday, 08 April 2010 08:49

WA unions have called for an end to the current discrimination which limits workers’ compensation payments for workers over 65.

The State Government is finalising a review into the state workers’ compensation legislation and  unions are calling on the Government to  take the opportunity to end current provisions which limit insurance payments for workers aged over 65. 

“This is an important practical step the State Government can take to encourage older workers to stay in the labour force,” UnionsWA Secretary Simone McGurk said today.

“It makes no sense for the Federal Government to raise the retirement age to 67 but at the same time state laws limit workers’ compensation payments for workers over 65.

“We know we have skill shortages in a range of occupations. We need to encourage older workers, not put barriers in place to their participation,” Simone McGurk said.

Current WA laws say that workers aged over 65 years are only eligible for payments if they are injured at work for a maximum of 12 months.

 
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