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


Simon Bridges must stop playing blame game


Associate Labour Issues Spokesperson

27 November 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Simon Bridges must stop playing blame game

The tragic death of another forestry worker – the eighth this year - has the Minister of Labour pinning responsibility on everyone but himself, Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

"All year Simon Bridges has insisted that his revised Forestry Approved Code of Practice, a book of revised rules developed by the Government and forestry employers without input from those who actually work on the ground, was the answer to systemic issues within the industry.

"He has steadfastly refused to heed the numerous calls for an independent inquiry and turned his back on the grieving families who have come forward to tell the truth about what is going on in this highly dangerous industry.

"After the sixth death, Mr Bridges belatedly sent in health and safety inspectors, who unsurprisingly have found multiple breaches and shut down 14 operations.

"While all players in the industry need to take a role in improving safety, the Minister is responsible for leadership and he's showed little of that.

“On the one hand he preaches safety, on the other he refuses to consider regulation - such as limits on working hours - that could make this industry safer.

"At the same time, he is in the process of weakening labour laws that could deny forestry workers the right to a voice at work and the basic health and safety right of rest breaks.

"Enough is enough. Eight deaths is eight too many. It is past time Mr Bridges did something.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment And Conservation: Changes To Our Oceans Pose Serious Concerns

New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment. More>>


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news