11 April 2002
CTU Rejects Employer Claim That Workplaces Are Safe Enough
“With workplace fatalities at a record high it is callous indifference for the Northern Employer and Manufacturers Association to claim that workplaces are already safe enough,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.
EMA Northern advisory services manager Peter Tritt told the Select Committee on the Health and Safety in Employment Bill yesterday that New Zealand workplaces are safe enough.
“This is an appalling message for the major New Zealand employer association to send and I am sure it doesn’t reflect the views of many employers,” Ross Wilson said.
“It is patently clear that the tragic accidents which have occurred in Auckland workplaces this year could have been prevented yet we have the EMA Northern saying that nothing more needs to be done.
“I challenge Mr Tritt to front up and tell the bereaved families who are appearing before the Select Committee today that the workplaces where their family member was killed unnecessarily are “’safe enough”.
“The EMA Northern is grossly irresponsible in sending this message to employers and workers alike that our appalling fatality rate is acceptable,” Ross Wilson said.