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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4596


Mr Wallis asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   How many Commonwealth Railway locomotive enginemen have been regressed on medical grounds during the last 3 years.

(2)   What arrangements are made in respect to their wages on regression to a lower paid classification due to medical reasons.

(3)   Are there any special compensations being considered for these employees due to the possibility of them being regressed at any time for a minor medical disability, and thereby reducing the degree of permanency in their particular classification.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Regressions on medical grounds for each of the last 3 years ending November were:

 

(2)   If an employee has been classified for a continuous period of not less than 5 years as a Locomotive Engineman Class 1 or a Locomotive Engineman Class II, either collectively, or individually, as at the date of regression, his weekly rate of pay if regressed owing to defective eyesight, defective hearing or other health reasons is:

1.   The rate for the position from which regressed for the first 3 months from date of regression.

2.   Thereafter an employee with less than 20 years continuous service as at the date of regression is paid the rate for the position to which regressed plus half the difference between that rate and the current equivalent of the rate received in the position from which regressed. Employees with not less than 20 years continuous service as at the date of regression are paid the rate for the position to which regressed plus 80 per cent of the difference between thai rate and the current equivalent of the rate received in the position from which regressed.

The above provisions do nol apply where regression is the consequence of an accident coming within the provisions of the Compensation (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1971, or any subsequent variation thereof, or clue to unsatisfactory causes.

Tn all other cases, payment is made at the rale prescribed for the position to which the locomotive engineman is regressed.

(3)   Locomotive Enginemen are not regressed for a minor medical disability,. Approval for regression is dependent upon consideration of a report by an authorised medical practitioner following his examination of the employee. The main cause of regression have been hypertension/ blood pressure and defective vision.







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