CTU Calls On Business to Support Health & Safety Act
“The CTU calls on employers to put the rhetoric behind us and work together to make New Zealand workplaces safe,” the Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.
“It is time we send a consistent message, from political, business and union leaders alike, that the present appalling death toll is not good enough and that urgent action must be taken by employers and employees to clean up unsafe workplaces,” he said. “And that must be backed up by strong laws.
“We need to change the public discourse so that workplace injury prevention and health protection is seen as an investment, and a benefit to everyone.
Ross Wilson said the constant stream of public attacks by employer spokespeople and ACT and National Party politicians against the proposed new osh legislation had sent the wrong message to workplaces.”
“Now that the political process is over there is an urgent need to use the new legal framework to improve standards of safety and health in our workplaces,” he said.
“The Minister of Labour Margaret Wilson has once again delivered for workers against politically motivated personal attacks”.