Why is Helen Kelly against drug testing?

Today is the day that the governments welfare reforms kick in. One of the reforms is to introduce drug testing for jobseekers in relevant industries.

Other new obligations include drug-testing for jobseekers in relevant industries, which is expected to trigger benefit cuts for up to 5800 people, and a requirement for beneficiaries to clear outstanding arrest warrants.

All pretty sensible things, but why is Helen Kelly opposed to drug testing?

I would have thought drug testing in industries such as forestry or anywhere requiring people to use heavy machinery would have been very useful as a way of minimising risk from accidents.

In 2012 Helen Kelly opposed drug testing in forestry and as from her comments above it seems she still does, yet she is constantly harping on about deaths in forestry. Just the other day she wrote a post at The Standard about deaths in forestry.

So why does Helen Kelly oppose drug testing in dangerous occupations? Will she even answer the question? Will any mainstream media bother to ask her?

You have to ask why the CTU opposes a drug free work environment?


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  • coventry

    A) She’s 100% DOPE

  • Jimmie

    Helen Kelly? CTU? Who? Relevant How?

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Mate – she will be your Labour Minister in 2014. So she is relevant.

      • GregM

        And MP for wrong tie when your Aunty Annette retires…

  • Rick Rowling

    The real crime here is a middle-aged woman trying to sound “street” with phrases like “peeps” “ur” , “bet u”.

  • Col

    I note the Labour Party and the Greens are opposing this change for those on the Dole etc, saying these people will be looking for jobs that are not there.
    Why Labour and Greens oppose it, as they soon will be standing in the line looking at jobs for unemployed MPs.
    As for Kelly what else do you think she should be saying, when her wages are paid by dope takers.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    Why can’t the media just ignore what she says. What she normally says is crap, divisive and not worth the money it’s written on. She is someone of no importance so just leave her to bleat on twitter. As for trying to get street cred for trying to hip by starting out “peeps” shows she’s trying to be someone she ain’t.

    • blokeintakapuna

      Yep – maybe she’s been watching Cunliffe’s “market accent” speech and thought she’d be able to come across as “hip” and “sick” instead – she’s just made most of NZ feel ill.
      You know its a slow news day when parasitic vermin like this union thug gets media oxygen…

      • Mr_Blobby

        Every day is a slow news day.

        • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

          They failed to report on the cat up the tree in Twizel which the fireman had to help down. That would have been more gripping and relevant than this silly old throwback. Seriously, is Ali G in da house?!

  • johnbronkhorst

    “Why is Helen Kelly against drug testing?”
    Afraid she’ll get caught?…After all you would have to be on drugs to make such a stupid and false statement, wouldn’t you?
    After all
    Unemployment is coming down…so there are people getting JOBS!!!
    There are a record No. of training positions!
    Youth rates, 90 day rule and boot camps have helped with these things and definitely had the opposite effect that kelly and labour said they would.
    Tell me helen, how many employers on YOUR “name and shame list”

    • blokeintakapuna

      They’ve mis-placed the list. It’s with the GCSB tape…

      • Mr_Blobby

        Not to worry the NSA has a backup.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        That tape is with FatCon now…

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Vomit McCarten shared a car ride with cow Kelly and they discussed world matters. Kelly has solutions for all problems bros.

    • Dave

      I hope it wasnt a ford they were riding in, sacking all those workers when they close their doors.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Dave – Not sure whether you spoil your Sunday breakfast by reading Vomit’s columns in NZ Herald. I do before breakfast, so I can clear my stomach, wash my mouth and have a nice breakfast. This tax cheater is so full of hatred for John Key and National. According to this hater, every single problem in the world is due to John Key.

  • Mr_Blobby

    “Why is helen kelly against………” Stupid question and the answer to your other questions is no.

    Trigger benefit cuts to up to 5800 bludgers. I call bullshit on that figure to it should be more like 158,000 but in reality it will probably affect about 58.

    What about the patched gang members on the sickness benefit because they are addicted to illegal drugs. Like all other Welfare reforms heralded in to great fan fare, expect it to quietly slip away from view.

    • Mr_Blobby

      PS Haven’t heard much from paula beneficiary today on this.

      With a gang banger son in law you would think she would have something to say.

  • tarkwin

    You’d have to be on drugs just to look at her.

    • blokeintakapuna

      well – no one can get THAT drunk! Surely?

      • tarkwin

        That’s what I thought.

      • Mr_Blobby

        They all look good at closing time. So I am told.

        • tarkwin

          Most look good at closing time. Some look like Helen Kelly.

        • Col

          Gets worse in the morning!!!! and your walking round the house with your hands over your face saying OH my GOD oh MY GOD WTF did I get that from.
          A friend told me this lol

          • tarkwin

            Thanks for that Col, I just had a particularly alarming flash back.

          • El Jorge

            And flash-backs of her cold dead lips wrapped around your member………..

  • Ratchette

    Dunno how she keeps her job. Drives a union provided car, designer suits, six figure salary, jets around the world, paid from membership subs of $7.50 (net of tax) a week by workers – many on the minimum wage. Factor in that unions have the cheek to tell their members what a great job they have done negotiating on their behalf to secure a wage rise of ……… wait for it …………. 3% increase. What a bloodsucker !!

    • Col

      I reckon she is real dirty in bed, that’s why she has the job, got Balls?

    • Mallard the duck

      those who pay union dues are dumb arse..then they get done out of their jobs because union screwed them he he he

  • JC

    Around 1980 logging deaths averaged about 12 per year, this was for a cut of less than 10 million tonnes of logs.
    These days the cut is close to 25 million tonnes and annual deaths are between 4-7.. that’s a massive reduction in deaths and deathrate.

    I’d be pretty sure that Kelly and her union mates are banging on about forestry deaths relate to the fact that only about 8% of the private sector is unionised.. and those are mainly in industries like transport and manufacturing whereas virtually all forestry work is carried out by private contractors running relatively small numbers of people.. not much scope for unions there.

    Secondly, Kelly’s attention will be because there *are* deaths in forestry and that’s news she can use for publicity and pressure to get a foot in the door.

    Third, if she can stop drug tests in forestry then the death rate will go up and create even more publicity and pressure for her interests.

    Just to touch on forestry and drugs for a moment.. recently a sawmill tested 15 applicants for a job.. 14 of the 15 failed. Silvicultural contractors tell me that its not unusual for all applicants to fail the drug tests. So the next time you read some Maori spokesman on the East Coast complaining that employees are bringing in outside contractors and ignoring the local labour pool you’ll know why.. the locals are disqualifying themselves by taking drugs.


    • Agent BallSack

      Good post and essentially exactly what I think. If you have an exceptional safety record, you have no use for unions do you? Drugged out useless workers who need their rights protecting is exactly what she is about. I have read a few of her posts on the standard and God, what a blinkered hating jumped up bitch she is.

      • Dave

        Mate was a logging contractor, all his teams were (Sub) contractors to him, the Acc levies were as high as. He went to contractors after to many issues with staff, he even resorted to stating in Job adverts, a drug test must be taken PRIOR to starting. Net result, no takers. Thats in the lower Sth Island. He changed tact, advertised in rural newspapers, changed to contractors and managed to get a few farmers and farm labourers. He says it worked, no failures, no more accidents. I am sure he would welcome Ms Kelly and Vomit McCarten to come visit with their union hats on.

  • Johnny T

    Great to see National taking this on. As they say in Bulgaria, ‘He who does not work shall not eat’

  • metalnwood

    Good news for Richard Dawkins, every time a picture of Helen Kelly is shown a creationist gives up their beliefs.

    • Phill

      I nominate you for comment of the day!

  • Teletubby

    Um hello? Unions represent workers, this drug testing is for non-workers, why do the MSM even care what Kelly has to say on the subject?

    • metalnwood

      She just wants the workers money in union subscriptions. If they aren’t working there is no chance they are paying her mob the fees.

  • pukakidon

    Labour – the party against work place safety?

    Recently in Wellington a worker nearly got hit by a train when his coworker allowed a train to proceed while the were working on the rail line.

    Oh year drugs in his system. Thanks for looking after the worker, Labour!!!!

  • Super_Guest

    God forbid employers try to avoid hiring drugged up losers.