Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Amazing about face on ACC experience rating

Amazing about face on ACC experience rating

The Government's new ACC's regulation to punish businesses with poor workplace safety records is an experience rating system of the sort Ministers Ruth Dyson and Margaret Wilson said they were dead set against, the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) says.

"Yesterday's announcement is a blinding about face on experience rating," said Paul Jarvie, EMA's Manager of Occupational Safety and Health.

"Unfortunately it will cause consternation amongst employers who were certain Government had said it would never re-introduce across-the-board experience rating.

"But the 50 per cent increase in ACC levies planned to punish employers who don't improve their accident records from next April is clearly an experience rating system.

"So if it's ok to coerce employers into improving their workplace safety, why not use it also to reward employers with better than average workplace accident records?

"Only 0.7 per cent of employers (1300) have been able to get a discount on their ACC premiums from participating in the ACC Audit Schemes.

"Also if poorly performing employers are to be targeted in this negative way, for equity's sake Government should also target motor vehicles users who have repeated road accidents.

"Despite what ACC Manager Darrin Goulding says, I don't recall these proposals ever surfacing for public discussion.

"Along with the huge pool of funds being accumulated unnecessarily by ACC, Government appears focused only on punishing poor workplace safety.

"This is despite the fact that ACC's own records (1992 - 1998) show the best way to ensure safe workplaces is through allowing some form of no-claim 'accident-free' bonus scheme as a reward for safe practice."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

The Gili Islands: A Community Earthquake Recovery Effort

Joseph Cederwall travelled to the Gili Islands in October 2018 to talk to locals about their experiences of the event and witness the impact and the rebuild efforts on this unique ecotourism destination.

2018 was a difficult year for the Indonesian archipelago. This chain of fragile and largely low-lying islands is situated on a particularly unstable segment of the Pacific rim of fire. Last year the islands were hit by a series of devastating natural events including a series of Lombok, Sulawesi and Java based earthquakes and resultant tsunamis.More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Tuesday, Wednesday

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels