The Premier's claim on morning radio that his attack on workers compensation is not retrospective shows that he does not understand the law he is introducing, Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon said.
Even the Chair of the Committee inquiring into workers compensation change, Liberal MP, Mark Speakman has expressed concerns about the scheme's retrospectivity.
The proposed act states very clearly at Schedule 12, clause 3: Except as provided by this part of the regulation, amendment made by the 2012 amending act extends to an injury received before the commencement of the amendment.
Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon said in its current form, the changes would therefore apply to the vast majority of people injured before today.
"How can working people in NSW have confidence in this Government when it clearly does not understand its own legislation?
"This is cruel, retrospective legislation that pulls the rug from under sick and injured workers.
"We know of specific cases where grieving widows who were set to seek compensation for nervous shock will now be denied the right to even make a claim.
"Cross bench MPs need to take heed - how can they have confidence in laws that the Government doesn't even understand?"