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

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news