UNION workers are stepping up their campaign against the state government's changes to the workplace compensation scheme.
Members of unions representing firefighters, teachers, nurses and public servants met in Parramatta today to try and rally support from the public.
Parramatta firefighter Leighton Drury said the O'Farrell government's changes to the compensation scheme were an attack on worker's rights.
''I don't think the scheme needs reform,'' he said.
''I think we need to make workplaces safer, that's the best way to cut money out of the scheme: make workplaces safer so people don't claim.
''This (change) does nothing to make workplaces safer, it's just an atack on people who are hurt and sick.''
Mr Drury said firefighters were dismayed at the proposal to cut stroke and heart attack cover from their compensation scheme.
He said firefighters exposed themselves to extreme conditions and were particularly prone to heart attacks and stroke during intense operations.
Unions NSW secretary Mark Lennon said the government had not consulted with the unions about its planned changes to compensation.
He criticised the government's inquiry into the scheme, saying people had been given just one week to make submissions.
But the government has said the current system is failing workers and needs reform.
The issues paper outlining the government inquiry said insurance premiums paid by NSW employers were between 20 and 60 per cent higher than equivalent employers in our competitor states.
The paper said WorkCover reforms would place greater emphasis on getting sick and injured employees back to work.