PROTESTOR claims that changes made by the current State Government over the past year have hurt workers' compensation have been refuted by the Sunshine Coast Business Council and Master Builders.

This morning's protest, which gathered about 20 people outside local MP Jarrod Bleijie's Kawana office and was organised by the Queensland Council of Unions, saw passing motorists honk in support.

The council claimed that the Government had cut legal rights for injured workers, weakened the independent industrial umpire, interfered in the independence of the courts, reduced workplace safety and more.

President John Battams said unions and community organisations held Mr Bleijie responsible "because he's Campbell Newman's right-hand man".

"In terms of workers' compensation, he's taken away the right for injured workers, who are injured because of negligence, to actually get fair compensation," he said.

However, SCBC Chair Sandy Zubrinich said they fully supported the State Government's decision to amend the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act last year and believed the changes would help strengthen the local economy.

Master Builders Sunshine Coast regional manager Michael Hopkins agreed, and said the State Government's changes have been good for the construction industry.

Master Builders' executive director Grant Galvin said the changes "means the burden on business has been reduced without impacting the rights of workers, who still have access to compensation and return to work rehabilitation when injured on the job."



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