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


Health and safety worries as Immigration gets new powers

Health and safety worries as Immigration officers get new powers

The Public Service Association believes that new powers for Immigration’s compliance officers will lead to increased workloads and health and safety problems.

Today marks the introduction of new detention and arrest powers as part of changes in the Immigration Act 2009.

Forty officers around the country were given two-weeks’ training for a job previously carried out by the police who, in comparison, have years of on-going training and support. Until now, only the police could detain a person under the Immigration Act 2009.

“Officers who have undergone the training believe that it’s inadequate and are actually stressed at the thought of having to use the new powers,” says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.

Despite the new health and safety risk no new pay has been offered to officers, instead they have been given a one off ‘recognition of training’ payment and asked to accept and sign a new job description which includes the new measures.

“Compliance officers already have an important and stressful role to carry out. Without them our country would be worse off. Even though there are a high levels of concern, most officers will probably sign the new job description out of fear of losing their jobs if they don’t,” says Richard Wagstaff.

Not only do the new powers come with heightened risk but there will also be a significant increase in paperwork as each instance of use has to be well documented.

“This is not better efficiency, it’s just cost-cutting that puts staff under more pressure and at considerable risk,” says Richard Wagstaff.

The majority of the provisions in the Immigration Act 2009 (the Immigration Act) came into effect on 29 November 2010. However, the new powers of arrest, detention, entry and search were staggered to allow time for appropriate training and safeguards to be developed.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Rampant Pandering To The Farming Vote

What on earth has happened to the political parties n the centre-right? Once upon a time in the US, the party of Lincoln was a respectable political party before it devolved into the cult of Trump. Here at home, the National Parry used to be able to manage and administer the economic orthodoxy in a reasonably competent fashion. Now it can barely do simple addition and subtraction. Something must have gotten into the water, and not simply out on the farm... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>


Shaw: Wealth Tax Not A Bottom Line For Green Party But They Will Push For It

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says one of his senior MPs misspoke under pressure when she said a wealth tax was one of the party's bottom lines. More>>


Government: More Border Exceptions For Critical Roles

The Government has established class exceptions for border entry for a limited number of veterinarians, deep sea fishing crew, as well as agricultural and horticultural machinery operators. “Tight border restrictions remain the backbone of the Government’s ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>


NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels