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

 


Workers’ rights are part of health and safety


Workers’ rights are part of health and safety

Families of workers who have died in accidents on the job will find this year’s Workers’ Memorial Day even harder to bear thanks to National’s determination to undermine employment law, says Labour Health and Safety spokesperson, Darien Fenton.

Tomorrow is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have died or been injured at work and together pledge to better ensure workers can come home safely at the end of their working day.

"As a result of the shocking deaths at Pike River Mine the government is making some changes to the way it regulates health and safety, but it also plans to push workers harder by reducing their pay and rights, even removing basic rights like taking a break.

“This will seriously weaken any positive action being taken and put more lives on the line.

"There's no better example of the risks of this approach than the forestry industry, where four workers have been killed already this year.

"Forestry contractors have no employment rights and with tight margins fatigue is a growing concern. In this sector in particular, health and safety risks have been shifted down the contracting chain and have become a burden to bear by workers themselves.

“Too many forestry contractors are paying for poor standards with their lives.

"The government’s planned changes to employment laws will mean precarious and contracting work like that in the forestry industry will grow and New Zealanders will be even less able to protect their basic right not to be killed or injured at work.

“While the government is clearly disturbed by New Zealand’s horrible death and injury toll, it ignores the fundamental problem -- where work rights are few and far between, safety risks are higher.

“Labour will continue the fight for safe and fair workplaces. We owe it to those New Zealanders who have lost their lives on the job to lift standards for everyone else,” Darien Fenton said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news