MP vows to block moves to change workers' compensation

INDEPENDENT MP Liz Cunningham has said she'll block any moves by the State Government to remove compensation for workers who are injured travelling to and from work.

Mrs Cunningham met with unionists on Thursday ahead of a review into the WorkCover compensation scheme to be released in parliament next Thursday.

"No-one wants to see anyone injured at work, but it happens in workplaces of all descriptions," Mrs Cunningham said.

"In central Queensland, a lot of workers travel long distances to work by car, and they deserve to be covered."

Each year more than 100,000 Queenslanders suffer a work-related illness or are injured at work, with more than 1200 of those injured in the Gladstone region.

CFMEU Gladstone organiser Ben Loakes was in a car accident on the way to work when he was 18, and spent nine months in hospital.

"The only thing that kept my head above water was the compensation payment," he said.



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