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

 


Straightforward health and safety transfer needed

25 June 2013

Straightforward health and safety transfer needed

Health and safety inspectors moving into a new stand-alone Crown agency need to be able to get on with the job with a guarantee of no further restructuring, according to the Public Service Association.

The Health and Safety (Pike River Implementation) Bill has been introduced into parliament. It will help implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Pike River tragedy and set up a new workplace health and safety agency to be known as WorkSafe New Zealand.

The PSA says whoever is appointed to lead WorkSafe New Zealand must resist the temptation to carry out more restructuring.

“Health and safety inspectors are still in the midst of what has been an unusually difficult and stressful restructure at the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Their transition into the new agency needs to be as smooth and straightforward as possible so they can get on and do the job. The last thing they need is more uncertainty,” says PSA National Secretary Brenda Pilott.

“If we want to embed the lessons of Pike River and strengthen workplace health and safety regulation, it’s crucial that staff have time to settle and focus without the prospect or distraction of further restructuring.”

There must also be careful consideration given to the resources the new agency will need as currently the corporate and management structures around health and safety regulation sit within MBIE.

Brenda Pilott says “the new agency is going to need its own corporate and governance structures and systems. If those supports are inadequate, the important work at the frontline will suffer.”

The PSA is disappointed that the legislation does not include provision for a strong worker voice on WorkSafe NZ’s governing board and believes the Council of Trade Unions should have been named in the Bill as a nominating body.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news