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

 

CTU raises over $6,000 overnight to honour Eramiha Pairama

Council of Trade Unions raises over $6,000 overnight to honour the memory of Eramiha Pairama


Following revelations that part-time nurse Selina Eruera was unable to pay for a headstone for her son Eramiha after the company he was working for liquidated and avoided reparations, the Council of Trade Unions yesterday launched a fundraising drive in his memory. CTU Secretary Sam Huggard said that the $6,000 raised overnight would not make up for the loss of Eramiha or the $75,000 the owners have refused to deliver, but he hoped it was a step towards justice.

"Eramiha’s death and his mother’s heartache was preventable, he was working in an unsafe environment without support and that’s why the judge ordered $75,000 family reparation plus a $25,000 fine," Mr Huggard said. "But the financial suffering Selina has endured should also be preventable - the owners are still successfully trading under another company with no sign of meeting their obligation to her. Justice for people killed at work and their families shouldn’t rely on charity."

"You know we've been let down by so many people, the company owners, Worksafe, the justice system," Selina Eruera said today on hearing of the donations. "We've been struggling for justice for my boy for so long that it feels like it'll never come, the response to what has happened makes it feel like less of a lonely fight. It's good to be reminded that there are still decent people out there, it gives me some hope."

"Following recent cases of companies like this forestry case and Five Boroughs restaurant appearing to flout the ‘phoenix’ laws by liquidating to avoid their responsibilities to redundant staff, to the taxpayer, and for health and safety failures, we think it’s time we looked closely at loopholes" said Mr Huggard. "We’re calling on the Government to review the circumstances under which company directors and owners can escape their responsibility to others by liquidating, and the support that’s available for staff, family and creditors left in the lurch."

People who want to support Selina and her family are able to make a donation to Eramiha’s memory here: https://together.nationbuilder.com/eramiha_donate

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels