IWSN Press release: Families devastated by workers comp cuts

PRESS RELEASE                     

 Injured Workers Support Network will join the community march in Orange on Sunday as part of the May Day events organised by the Central West Community Alliance.

IWSN will march to support the many families disadvantaged by the O’Farrell governments slashing of workers compensation benefits last year and to support a local family devastated by the cuts.

Local family the Cantrills, accompanied by their son James who was  injured on the way to work, will tow their sons smashed up utility in the March to raise community awareness about the devastating effects of the slashing of journey claims by the O’Farrell government.

“The Injured Workers Support Network is seeing on a daily basis the effects the changes to the workers comp system are having on injured and ill workers and their families “said Central West Injured Workers Co –Coordinator Pete Tully.

‘We are seeing people being starved back to work, denied benefits, continuing deaths at work and mistreatment by employers and hostile insurers as a result of these changes. Mr O’Farrell is rewarding employers continuing poor safety record and giving employers a reduction in their insurance premium. It’s a disgrace!”

“Young James Cantrill was unfortunately injured on his way to work after O’Farrell removed journey claims from the legislation. He has been left with severe and ongoing injuries, no income and a huge burden of medical bills as a result. Under the former scheme James would have had access to the best medical treatment and rehabilitation. Now he faces a very dim future as he is left to rely on the public health system for treatment and assistance, his family being his primary  source of support.”said Mr Tully .


The Injured Workers Support Network is a non-profit organisation whose prime purpose is to assist injured workers in meeting the adjustment needs, psychological issues and re-employment challenges during their injury or illness.

Support Groups are run across the state including the Central West.The network offers Peer support and opportunity to meet other workers who face the same difficulties and challenges, Information regarding the NSW workers compensation system and an opportunity for guidance and support whilst dealing with their injury, illness or disability. www.injuredworkerssupport.org.au


 Peter Tully – Central West Area Co –Coordinator

Injured Workers Support Network

Mobile: 0402801716