WorkSafe’s astonishing admission it has no idea how many quarries are being operated illegally is further evidence health and safety representatives are desperately needed in the industry, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“WorkSafe is supposed to be New Zealand’s safety watchdog. It is tasked with enforcing health and safety laws and standards, yet it seems unable to police many of the country’s high-risk industries.
The growing list of incidents causing injury and death at quarries demonstrates the urgent need to strengthen the health and safety law, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Relations Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“The Select Committee considering the Health and Safety Reform Bill should use the extra time it has been given because of dithering by National MPs to make sure quarry workers and others working in isolated high-risk industries are as safe as possible.
The Government’s changes to labour laws have created a climate that allows bad employers to bully their workers, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“Tauranga worker Bertie Ratu was threatened by her employer Talley’s for asking her local MP Te Ururoa Flavell on Facebook to sign a petition supporting the meat workers’ negotiations with the company.
WorkSafe New Zealand staff trying to save lives on farms shouldn’t be subjected to a tirade of verbal abuse from a Member of Parliament, Labour’s spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“Chester Borrows has labelled WorkSafe New Zealand officials ‘dickheads’ for trying to improve safety on our farms.
Unite Union and McDonald’s have given New Zealand a perfect way to celebrate May Day by reaching a settlement that strikes another blow against zero-hour contracts, Labour spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says.
“Earlier this week it looked like Unite and McDonald’s had reached an impasse in negotiations.
Australian corporate Cotton On, the first major business operating in New Zealand to exploit the new tea breaks law, could walk away from negotiations if it doesn’t get its own way, says Labour Party Labour Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.
“Cotton On has lodged a belated claim to reduce tea break arrangements to the bare minimum required in law during collective bargaining with FIRST Union members.