Observation by the OWL – Helen Kelly, NZCTU and Drug Testing
The Owl is rarely home on a Friday night and equally does not watch Close Up. However through some extraordinary circumstances I was able to munch of some Fish and Chips and the headline on Drug Testing and Helen Kelly got me interested while watching TV.
Furthermore there was a poll asking “if beneficiaries should be tested for drugs?” It cost 75 cents so I sent my Yes or No vote via text.
According to Close Up, 19,000 people voted which was apparently one of the highest they said.
Helen Kelly argued that the “real issue is not drug-testing but that the National Government is running the economy into the ground”.
The representative from the Drug Testing Company said approximately 9% return positive tests in the workforce.
Helen Kelly responded by saying the company was a commercial operation and had no real place in this the discussion (this was the OWL’s take).
The Owl’s Observation:
The discussion between the interviewer and the interviewees was irrelevant and quite frankly close to boring however 19,000 sent a clear message to Helen Kelly, NZCTU and the Government.
90% of the 19,000 who decided to spend 75 cents, or go on the facebook page said beneficiaries should be tested. Why is this poll so more important than any other random poll run by newspapers etc, 19,000 New Zealanders had a very firm opinion on this and were willing to spend their hard earnt money to vote.
National Party drug testing Policy – for 17,100
Helen Kelly, NZCTU – against 1,900
This now leads me to the crux of the Observation – Helen Kelly via the NZCTU heads up an ACC partnership agreement in the work place worth millions of dollars to provide Health and Safety training – or something.
If the poll is extrapolated to the general working population – 90% disagree with Helen Kelly and the NZCTU understanding of the importance people put on drug testing in the workplace.
Has ACC got the right partners to deliver ACC Health and Safety programs when there is such a major disconnect? Personally I think the taxpayers of New Zealand have voted. I did, I spent my 75 cents.