Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, November 14th, 2018 - 121 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, capitalism, disaster, Economy, health and safety, john key, Mining, Unions, workers' rights - Tags: pike river mine, Remembering the Pike River miners
The Minister responsible for Pike River, Andrew Little, has announced that there will be a manned re-entry to the mine early next year.
This is a very welcome step and is the culmination of an 8 year battle to get truth and justice for the 29 dead miners.
It’s fitting that it is Andrew Little who has the final say; as the former head of the miners union, the EPMU (now E Tu), Little stood with the bereaved from day one. Unlike former Prime Minister John Key, who lied to the families about re-entry, fought to have union members’ voices shut out of the memorial service, and whose natural instinct was to side with the owners, Little has been a battler for the battlers.
Alongside the late Helen Kelly, Andrew Little has been with the families from the start.
But even with this victory today, the fight for worker safety goes on. As Anna Osborne made it clear this morning, on average we kill a kiwi worker every week. That’s 400 workplace deaths since Pike River.
The legislation has changed, the culture has not.
So, lets celebrate this win for the little guy, and remember the 29, but the struggle goes on.