The TUC has backed the argument that the latest changes to RIDDOR regulations proposed by the HSE serve only one purpose: to save businesses “hundreds of millions of pounds”.
The Government stands accused, by the TUC, of being guilty of brainwashing the country into thinking that there’s a rife, underlying compensation culture.
As one may expect from the Trade Union Congress, they’ve not bitten the bullet as hard as we did when we suspected a coalition conspiracy earlier this summer.
In October, as we reported earlier this week, the guidelines for RIDDOR are going to change if the proposals are sanctioned. It’s how the HSE is weighting the changes that bothers the TUC.
There will be a reduced need to report near misses. Many current ‘major injuries’ will be declassified. And when you add that to the red tape that’s already been cut for businesses, now not automatically ‘at fault’ for accidents at work, the whole picture starts to take on shadowy undertones.
History repeating itself from beyond the grave
Maggie Thatcher’s nemesis, the unions (one may cite “King Arthur” Scargill, but she had it in for all unions), have now joined the cause against what many see as David Cameron’s raison d’etre: to remove as much power away from personal injury solicitors as possible.
Propaganda set the nation against the striking miners in the late 70s/early 80s. Now it seems that unions, once bitten twice shy, are not going to let this Tory Government repeat history by undermining personal injury solicitors’ honest work.
The problem Mr Cameron is going to face this time is the overwhelming support personal injury solicitors are receiving to fight their corner. And this unequivocal support is not an answer to a cry for help, but has been offered voluntarily.
It’s been undertaken in many quarters for the good of the common man.
When even the government’s lawyers are criticising the proposed reformation of RIDDOR, it has to send out signals that all is not right with the proposals.
Study shows how reduced funding has impacted personal injury claims
If you’ve been following the news, or this blog, you’ll know just how extensive the changes to the personal injury sector have been this year.
Reduced fees for small claims, the aforementioned shifting of potential blame for accidents at work and insurance companies allowed to buy up injury claims firms have all shifted the seat of power towards organisations that do not have the victim’s best interests at heart.
But that pales into comparison when the figures of a joint study undertaken by Hazards and the TUC are realised. It all goes a long way to dispel the ‘compensation culture’ myth, too.
In the last ten years, successful personal injury claims for accidents at work have fell through the floor, standing at only 40% of what they were a decade ago.
In summary, Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s General Secretary, commented that not only is the government doing its damnedest to prolong the compensation culture myth, but also that the changes to RIDDOR would lead to a future rise in “accidents, injuries and illnesses.”