Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Lives can’t wait a year for new health and safety agency

Darien Fenton
Labour Spokesperson

21 February 2013

Lives can’t wait a year for new health and safety agency

The Government should fast-track plans to establish a new, stand-alone health and safety agency to help keep workers safe on the job, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues, Darien Fenton.

“Setting up a dedicated agency is the right thing to do, but lives will be needlessly lost in the workplace if the Government takes nearly a year to get it up and running.

“It will be good to see health and safety regulation and enforcement separated out from the so-called “business facing ministry” MBIE, because there is a clear conflict between safety on the job and the drive for profits.

“But the Government’s plan to wait for almost a year before getting the new agency established isn’t good enough. The massacre in our workplaces requires urgent action, not a slow moving bureaucratic response.

“Worker participation is a key factor in health and safety in all workplaces, but the Government has diminished its importance by scaling back funding for the training of health and safety representatives.

“A big lesson from the Pike River Mine was the importance of workplace representation. The Government should move urgently to implement a requirement for check inspectors and to restore funding for health and safety training.

“The Minister is also progressing employment law changes that will significantly reduce rights for all workers and put pressure on their wages.

“The National-led Government just can’t seem to understand that health and safety at work is closely linked to workplace rights and their plans to reduce workers’ rights can only make things worse,” says Darien Fenton.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news