Sign our petition and tell John Key that you support better health and safety in workplaces!
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Save lives! Save the law!
NZ needs better health and safety laws at work to keep everyone safe.
After the Pike River Mine explosion, when 29 men were killed, the Government agreed to a review of the health and safety law.
The John Key and the National Government promised that our laws would take “no steps backwards”.
We owe it to the workers who have been killed at work, the 29 men at Pike but also the other workers who are hurt or killed on the job to have a better law, a stronger law.
A good health and safety system needs an effective regulator, workers able to influence health and safety in their workplace and businesses showing positive leadership. Both the Pike River Royal Commission and the Independent Taskforce emphasized the crucial importance of strengthening New Zealand’s weak worker participation. It is backed by international evidence.
Workers electing their own health and safety representatives is of benefit to the workplace, regardless of the size of firm or the industry they work in. Everyone should be able to participate in their own health and safety at work.
SOME REASONS WHY THIS PROPOSED LAW ISN’T STRONG ENOUGH
It exempts businesses that employ under 20 workers from being required to have healthy and safety reps.
Employers can ask WorkSafe to remove health and safety reps, then tie workers up in court with appeals
There’s no extra time built in if WorkSafe decline a case - so private prosecutions may be blocked when workers have died
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