Posts Tagged ‘health and safety’

Authentic participation underpins a safe workplace

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, December 7th, 2017 - 12 comments

The CTU has consistently identified our culture of work and the style of management as a real challenge for New Zealand firms to improve their health and safety record. Health and safety is an inseparable part of the wider workplace culture.

Legalize It

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, August 12th, 2016 - 95 comments

Is it time for a referendum on marijuana? There is strong support for the use of medicinal marijuana. Should we just admit that Kiwis like smoking dope and simply legalise it?

Paula Bennett’s loopy rules do not actually exist

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, September 23rd, 2015 - 26 comments

The Government has admitted that at least some of the loopy rules mentioned by Paula Bennett in support of the Loopy Rules review do not actually exist.

Another farm death

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 am, August 28th, 2015 - 23 comments

Last night the Nats passed their widely ridiculed health and safety legislation. This morning a Waikato farm worker died in a workplace accident. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Watkins on health and safety mess

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, August 27th, 2015 - 17 comments

“John Key’s increasingly lacklustre defence of the shambles consists of answers that sound more like satire by the day.”

Health and safety categories – ludicrous and venal

Written By: - Date published: 8:07 am, August 22nd, 2015 - 8 comments

A small sample of the reaction to National’s “health” and “safety” nonsense.

Key priorities – puppy photo op not Pike River people

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 19th, 2015 - 27 comments

Unbelievable.

We can do better on health and safety

Written By: - Date published: 9:53 am, July 30th, 2015 - 8 comments

Labour is proposing a set of amendments to fix the Health and Safety Reform Bill. They need the support of Peter Dunne and the Māori Party. Will they do the right thing?

National’s lightweight conference

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 am, July 27th, 2015 - 25 comments

National had a conference in the weekend. They used it to re-announce some Labour policy, but otherwise if you noticed it was probably because of the protest outside.

Iain Lees-Galloway: how many meathooks to the head will it take?

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, June 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

Some strong stuff from Labour’s spokesperson for Labour, Iain Lees-Galloway, in Question Time yesterday.

Peter Talley on health and safety law: unions are evil, workers’ lives cheap

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, June 15th, 2015 - 116 comments

Whenever unionists talk about the bad employers who put profit over people’s lives, the right wave it away as fear-mongering. Well, here it is straight from the horse’s mouth.

Bravo big business!

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, June 12th, 2015 - 87 comments

Bravo to those “big business” leaders who have come out in support of strong universal health and safety legislation. Shame on the Collins faction in Cabinet who are fighting to water it down.

Petition for safer workplaces

Written By: - Date published: 2:04 pm, June 9th, 2015 - 13 comments

Helen Kelly: “Sign our petition and tell John Key that you support better health and safety in workplaces!”

Helen Kelly Q+A on health and safety

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, June 7th, 2015 - 15 comments

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O’Brien on health and safety

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, June 5th, 2015 - 22 comments

Tova O’Brien has written an excellent piece on squabbles within National over health and safety legislation, calling it a disgrace and a power-play by the Collins faction.

Some Nats growing a spine on health and safety?

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 17 comments

Helen Kelly and the CTU have done a great job raising the issues of workplace health and safety. Have they even got the attention of some Nats? Apparently there are delays to proposed changes as some in caucus resist.

Farming prosecutions need to be part of health and safety programme

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, May 13th, 2015 - 9 comments

Half the workplace deaths in NZ last year were in agriculture.  Already this year the toll has been massive.

Your Brighter Future: Burn.

Written By: - Date published: 1:13 pm, October 2nd, 2013 - 15 comments

“I just utter one fear…”

Remember that?

Pike River Compensation must be paid

Written By: - Date published: 12:36 pm, July 7th, 2013 - 32 comments

pike river familiesJudge Jane Farish has ordered Pike River to pay $110,000 compensation for each of the families who suffered the loss of a loved one.  But the various parties are not committing as yet to making sure that the compensation is paid.  Justice demands that every cent is paid.

Defence Force Members Are Workers Too

Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, April 14th, 2013 - 84 comments

The Court Martial of Flight Lieutenant Dan Pezaro by the NZ Defence Force is making me uneasy. The internal Court of Inquiry into this accident hinted at major disfunction within the upper reaches of the Forces in terms of health and safety. On my reading of that report, the RNZAF itself could be liable in […]

What killed Ken Callow?

Written By: - Date published: 7:25 pm, February 18th, 2013 - 13 comments

The CTU wants to raise awareness of the effect of market pressures on working conditions and workplace safety. What killed Ken Callow?

Health & Safety

Written By: - Date published: 10:38 am, July 17th, 2012 - 12 comments

Right now 28 miners are stuck down a Waihi mine with a fire causing noxious gases.  15 people are being decontaminated at Tiwai Point after an ‘incident’.  At 3.30am the driver of a truck-trailer loaded pressurised cylinders died after crashing into Bulls RSA – probably asleep from the fatigue 24% of truck drivers suffer from […]

Health, Safety and Accountability

Written By: - Date published: 11:45 am, December 22nd, 2011 - 39 comments

CTU President Helen Kelly talks about Pike River and the death of security guard Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal and what these tragedies tell us about employer accountability for health and safety in the workplace.

Asbestos City

Written By: - Date published: 7:40 am, September 26th, 2010 - 19 comments

In the aftermath of the twin towers, the dust that accompanied their collapse gave rise to a health crisis in the medium/long term that continues to play out to this day.  And given the prevalence of asbestos in Christchurch buildings, it just might be that the earthquake will result in a number of preventable deaths after all…

Kate’s CEO talkfest

Written By: - Date published: 11:00 am, August 12th, 2009 - 22 comments

The Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson, is holding a meeting today with 25 top CEOs on the number of New Zealanders who are killed every year at work. The fact it’s being billed as an example of ‘partnership’ shows a lot about this Government’s worldview, because she’s specifically excluded any representation from the workers who’re […]

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