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Labour will fix broken health and safety bill

Published: Sun 26 Jul 2015 11:47 AM
Labour will fix broken health and safety bill
Labour has heeded forestry widow Deborah McMillan's protest outside National’s conference today and is stepping in to fix the government's broken health and safety law, says Labour’s spokesperson for Labour issues, Iain Lees-Galloway
“We have amendments to the government's bill up that will keep New Zealanders safe at work. These are small but critical changes that will help save New Zealanders' lives and I'm calling on other parties to support them.
"After the Pike River disaster the Government promised changes that are desperately needed to reduce New Zealand's appalling workplace death and injury rate. But they have failed to deliver.
“Since then hundreds of New Zealanders have died at work and now we're faced with a watered-down law that actually removes some protections for Kiwis.
“That's wrong, and it's a broken promise from a government that's more interested in placating its backers than protecting New Zealanders' lives.
“Mainstream business has called for changes to this law - National needs to realise they are siding with a fringe of bad employers against the well-being of working Kiwis,” says Iain Lees-Galloway
ENDS

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