National Party delegates were greeted at their conference today by a sea of crosses representing the 291 workers who have died on the job since the Pike River disaster, when John Key promised action on health and safety law.
Deborah McMillan has set up 291 white crosses outside the conference venue, Sky City, to represent the number of workers who have died at work since 2010, when the Prime Minister promised to make changes.
Her husband Shane was killed in 2009 when a branch fell on him while he was working in a forestry gang near Napier.
Their eight year-old daughter Skylar was three at the time.
Helen Kelly shared Shane’s story at The Standard back in 2013.
Labour has heeded forestry widow Deborah McMillan’s protest outside National’s conference today and is stepping in to fix the government’s broken health and safety law, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour issues, Iain Lees-Galloway
“We have amendments to the government’s bill up that will keep New Zealanders safe at work. These are small but critical changes that will help save New Zealanders’ lives and I’m calling on other parties to support them.
…“Mainstream business has called for changes to this law – National needs to realise they are siding with a fringe of bad employers against the well-being of working Kiwis,” says Iain Lees-Galloway
— Iain Lees-Galloway (@IainLG) July 25, 2015
— John McRae (@JohnRobertMcRae) July 25, 2015