When CPSU member Peter Rizzo suffered a serious injury on his way to work, his union membership
provided the coverage he needed while he went through recovery.
The CPSU's journey insurance automatically covers members in the case of injury to or from work and
is just one of the many benefits that comes when you
join the CPSU.
Peter was travelling to work when a small rock flicked
up by a passing truck's wheels hit him in his right eye.
While doctors were thankfully able to save Peter's eye,
he needed to take three months off work to undergo
seven operations. When his sick leave credits ran out
shortly after the accident, Peter relied on the CPSU's journey cover insurance to cover his wages.
"I was lucky that I was a CPSU member because it meant I didn't need to worry about my wages while
I was at home recovering," said Peter.
"You think these kinds of things will never happen to you, but when they do it's really important to
have the protection of insurance."
A number of Peter's colleagues have since joined the CPSU, after seeing the practical
example of this additional benefit of membership.
Peter said, "after seeing what happened to me, others have seen the value in having coverage as part
of CPSU membership and it's prompted some of those who hadn't already been members to join."