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CTU & ACC to train 5,000 H&S Representatives

CTU & ACC to Jointly Train 5,000 Health & Safety Representatives

Minister of ACC Ruth Dyson this morning launched an ambitious CTU-ACC joint training project which aims to train 5,000 worker health and safety representatives elected under the new health and safety law which came into effect on 5 May.

“Our objective is to empower workers to protect their own health and safety and their lives,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today. “This is a serious commitment by unions to play a leadership role in improving our appalling workplace accident and fatality statistics,” Ross Wilson said.

Ross Wilson said that there was clear international research showing that structured worker and union involvement in workplace health and safety made a real difference.

“Every worker has the right to be protected by a reasonable minimum code of employment, fair employment laws, and health and safety regulation,” he said.

“But it is also simply good business”.

Ross Wilson said the CTU training strategy would, over time, see unions and workers at the cutting edge of best practice workplace health and safety.

Health and safety representatives will be supported by their unions as well as a specially developed CTU Worksafe Reps website to be launched next month.

“We acknowledge the leadership from ACC Minister Ruth Dyson in not only re-establishing the ACC scheme, but in ensuring that injury prevention and health protection is given absolute priority in ACC’s work,” he said.

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