Tim Ayres, NSW Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) has slammed a callous move by Mike Baird to desert victims of asbestos-related diseases.
In a late night maneuver aimed at stifling debate, the NSW Government, with the support of Christian Democrat, Fred Nile, last night passed legislation abolishing the independent Dust Diseases Board.
“Instead of an expert independent board determining compensation payments, decisions about payments to victims of asbestosis and their families will now be in the hands of a Minister” said Mr Ayres.
“Mike Baird has sold asbestos victims and their families for the sake of making a quick buck” he said.
The move follows a plea from victims and their families to delay the legislation for further consultation about how changes would affect them.
“This is a slap in the face to widows who had the courage to speak out against the governments plans” said Mr Ayres.
“Instead of heeding a call to delay the changes and consult, Mike Baird has turned his back on the widows of asbestos victims” he said.
The AMWU and victims groups have committed to fighting the changes.
“Mike Baird might be willing to trample on asbestos victims, but the people of NSW expect better. We will continue our campaign to make sure that victims get the justice they deserve."
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