Michael Woodhouse’s bill is a dog, and not fit for purpose.
It beggars belief that National is even bringing in this woeful piece of nanny-statism but they are. What is worse though, is Labour and now the unions are fighting hard on this but from different angles.
Labour won’t vote for it because it doesn’t go far enough, and so risk not putting in place the one piece of legislation that might actually improve worker safety. Their hypocrisy is there for all to see.
The unions, however, are far more consistent….they want the law passed, but they want it extended to every business and are prepared to go to court to enforce it.
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions will consider seeking a judicial review of the exclusion of farming from health safety reforms currently going through Parliament, president Helen Kelly says.
The Government changed a bill reforming health and safety law after it was introduced following intense lobbying from the farming sector. Read more »