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Greens support workers commemorating International Day of Mourning

"Today, around Australia, workers are commemorating the International Day of Mourning and remembering colleagues, friends and family who have died from work-place incidents."

"It is also a time to reflect on how as a society we can work together to prevent such deaths," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on workplace relations.

"The statistics on workplace injury and illness in Australia make for sober reading and hide many personal tragedies", said Senator Siewert.

"Every two to three minutes someone in Australia is injured seriously enough to make a claim for workers compensations and there are thousands of deaths each year as a result of work related injury or disease.

"We urge the federal government to ensure their OH&S harmonisation process currently underway does not diminish protections for Australian workers.

"In particular we are determined to ensure there is no reduction in the role of OHS employee representatives in workplaces. There is clear evidence that the safest workplaces are workplaces where employees and their representatives have a significant role in OHS matters.

"All workers have the right to return home after work in the same condition that they left for work. Today we remember those who have not been so lucky, and lost their lives in their workplaces," concluded Senator Siewert.

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