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9:53 am, July 30th, 2015 - 8 comments
Categories: health and safety, labour, maori party, Unions, united future - Tags: CTU, health and safety, Iain Lees-Galloway, pike river
Last night the 291 crosses representing workers who have died since Pike River came to Wellington:
Watered down health and safety proposals will cost lives, family members of those killed in the Pike River disaster say.
“I never, ever want another mother to go through what I have had to go through over the last five years. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody. It is like a life sentence,” said Sonya Rockhouse, who lost her son Ben, 21, in the mine.
“We are not going away. We will keep doing this sort of thing until somebody listens. I am still a reasonably young woman, I am willing to keep doing it until the day I die, until something changes.”
Mrs Rockhouse and Anna Osborne, who lost her husband Milton in the 2010 disaster, were amongst those who tonight held a vigil outside Parliament, along with 291 crosses to mark workplace deaths since Pike River.
Also present was Deborah McMillan, whose husband Shane Frater was killed in a forestry accident in Napier in 2009 when a branch hit him.
The Council of Trade Unions has taken the crosses around the country.
Labour is proposing a set of amendments to fix the Bill. They need the support of Peter Dunne and the Māori Party. Will they do the right thing?
For more information on the CTU’s campaign check their website.