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

 

Government contract with Fletchers should be reviewed

CTU Media Release

27 May 2013

Government contract with Fletchers should be reviewed

Media coverage today of two very serious health and safety breaches on Fletcher Building Sites in Christchurch show that the contract between EQC and Fletchers should be reviewed to ensure stiff penalties for these type of breaches, says Helen Kelly, CTU President.

Two incidents of workers being exposed to Asbestos hazards are reported in today’s Christchurch Press. Both are on sites directly funded by the Government including through the contract held with EQC.

“If the reports are correct, Fletchers seem unaware of even a requirement to report sites with asbestos present to the MBIE. The report that two workers were called to a disciplinary meeting after raising safety concerns with their employer is also a grave concern,” Helen Kelly said.

“The Government is a major player in funding the rebuild of Christchurch, both through the EQC and directly. The Government must step up to the plate and demand decent standards from the principals that it employs, like Fletchers, to manage this work. It knows much of the work will be contracted out by these principals but must include in the contract that this is done safety and must impose penalties when this is not done. It is useless to have one of its departments expressing concerns about it while another is ultimately responsible for the breach.”

“These asbestos accidents will not only result in serious ill health amongst the reconstruction workforce in years to come but will contaminate houses and effect the health of those living in them for years into the future.”

“The public have lost confidence in the countries handling of workplace health and safety and rightly so. If there are two stories in the media today about asbestos there are likely hundreds of others unreported. No one can be complacent about this and assume after today the matter will be sorted out. Government is paying for this work, and must ensure the highest standards are in place,” said Helen Kelly.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election