Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Minister's '500 White Crosses' Total Beat Up

Friday, March 1st, 2002

Labour Minister Margaret Wilson's 500 white crosses campaign is based on totally false information, says the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern).

"The Minister's campaign is bizarre, and completely misleading," said EMA's Manager of Advisory Services, Peter Tritt.

"Ms Wilson says the crosses represent 500 deaths occurring in workplaces every year. The claim is utter nonsense.

"The Minister is attempting to scare the public into supporting her draconian Health and Safety Amendment Bill. Her campaign is totally unprecedented in New Zealand law making history.

"She is making claims for which no evidence exists at all. The total number of workplace deaths in the 12 months to June 2001 according to ACC figures was 75. (21 at industrial sites, 38 on farms and 16 in commercial or service locations).

"The Minister could be muddling up these figures with the number killed last year on our roads which was 514.

"Or else she is claiming that roadways to and from people's workplaces are somehow part of their workplace, which is so misleading as to be a deliberate fabrication of the truth. The Minister ought to be ashamed of her misrepresentation of the truth.

"The sad fact is that her HSE Amendment won't reduce workplace accidents at all, and perhaps she knows this.

"But it will add large and ongoing direct and compliance costs to business, and reduce their ability to employ people. In fact one part of the Bill prohibits enterprises from insuring against the risks that the new law introduces. This too is unique in our legal history."

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>

ALSO:

CO2 And Water: Fonterra's Environment Plans

Federated Farmers support Fonterra’s bold push to get to zero emissions of CO2 on the manufacturing side of the Co-operative, both in New Zealand and across its global network. More>>

ALSO:

Fisheries: Decision To Delay Monitoring ‘Fatally Flawed’

Conservation group representatives say a decision by the new Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, to delay implementation of camera monitoring of fishing efforts in New Zealand is ‘fatally flawed’. More>>

ALSO:

Kaikōura Quakes: One Year On

State Highway One and the railway were blocked by damage and slips and the Inland Road suffered significant damage. Farms, homes and businesses suffered building and land damage. Power and internet went down, drinking water systems, sewage systems and local roads were all badly affected... More>>

ALSO: