INDEPENDENT NEWS

Govt should go into bat for sufferers

Published: Fri 28 Jan 2005 02:17 PM
28 January 2005
Govt should go into bat for sufferers of asbestos-related diseases
Green MP Sue Kedgley is calling on the Government put pressure on Australian construction firm James Hardie to pay compensation to New Zealanders suffering from asbestos-related diseases.
"It is grossly unfair that New Zealand victims seriously afflicted with asbestos diseases are not being compensated by James Hardie," Ms Kedgley, Green Health Spokesperson said.
"The Government must take a lead in the campaign to get the company to pay compensation to former New Zealand workers suffering from asbestos-related lung diseases."
The Government should also drop its High Court appeal which seeks to prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases from getting lump sum payments, Ms Kedgley said.
"It is shocking that the Government is challenging a ruling that would give some lump-sum compensation to victims of asbestos-related diseases. Why is it so mean-spirited as to challenge the right of sufferers of asbestos-related diseases to proper compensation?
"It would be hypocritical for the Government to demand compensation from James Hardie while seeking through the courts to deprive New Zealand workers from an entitlement to lump-sum payments."
Ms Kedgley said the company had a duty of care to all of its employees, whether they live in New Zealand, Australia or Indonesia.
"James Hardie must not be allowed to wash its hands of its obligations to New Zealand victims. It is shocking that workers who have developed one of the most tragic and debilitating workplace diseases are receiving only a pittance, about $65 a week, for their terrible workplace injury. By contrast, victims in Australia are getting an average of $250,000 in lump sum compensation."
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Justice not served in Australia extradition cases muddle
By: RNZ
Syphilis deaths highlight need for proper resourcing
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
Youth message on Zero Carbon Act: 'Don't mess this up'
By: RNZ
Govt axes highly anticipated mental health pilot
By: New Zealand National Party
Gordon Campbell on the nurses strike
By: Gordon Campbell
Fixing our broken justice system: first steps
By: New Zealand Government
ACC medical advisors on strike today
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
More support needed for breastfeeding senior doctors
By: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists
PSA supports striking ASMS members at ACC
By: Public Service Association
Carbon neutral goal reliant on electric cars - Govt
By: RNZ
Net zero emission targets should be legislated now
By: Ora Taiao
Walking the same path on climate change adaptation strategy
By: LGNZ
Ministers & National put their cases: EDS 2018 Conference
By: Environmental Defence Society
Study has implications for biodiversity/climate change polic
By: NZ Energy and Environment Business Week
Rail workers slam KiwiRail as “green-washing hypocrites”
By: Rail And Maritime Transport Union
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media