Health and Safety Act fails to reduce work fatalities

After the Pike River tragedy, New Zealanders realised that workplace health and safety culture needed to change. Last Saturday marked the 6th anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Pike River mine on the West Coast of the South Island. Six years on, the battle to improve our health and safety continues, […]

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National’s Health and Safety Reform Bill: less safety and fewer rights at work

The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is embarking on a campaign to fight the changes that weaken the Health and Safety Reform bill. As part of the campaign the CTU has organised vigils with the display of 291 crosses signifying the 291 people who have died at work since the Pike River mine disaster […]

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Latest Pike River developments a further disaster for families

I think that until now the Government has got most things right in its response to the Pike River tragedy. While they made mistakes, like excluding the workers’ union from the official party at the Memorial Service, they mostly managed an appropriate balance of compassion and prudence. Now the cracks are starting to show. The Royal Commission […]

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