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

 

Union welcomes smokefree law

9 December 2004

Union welcomes smokefree law

A breath of fresh air for hospitality workers

Union welcomes smokefree law

Today a historical step has been taken to protect the health of workers in New Zealand’s clubs, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. The introduction of the Smokefree Amendments Act 2003 and its implementation tomorrow will see hospitality workers join the vast majority of New Zealand’s workers who have benefited from smokefree workplaces for over a decade.

Many SFWU members, including hundreds of Sky City staff, will reap the rewards of this legislation in the form of safer workplaces and cleaner air, without risk of disease or ill health.

“Cigarette smoke is a proven chemical poison that is and potentially deadly, workers should not have to put up with those risks. Especially with the low wages and long hours that many hospitality workers also endure.” Says Darien Fenton, SFWU National Secretary

“SFWU members have had a part to play in lobbying the Government for this law change. They are often in low-paid and casual work in the hospitality industry and they are being exposed to a known environmental danger – second-hand smoke. We are delighted that the Government has stepped up to the mark and moved to protect workers from this hazard.”

“This law change is long overdue, everyone else has had this form of protection for nearly a decade and now the Kiwi workers who serve us our drinks and clean up after our nights out can also breathe easy.” Ms Fenton said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election