Business and workers' organizations are strongly concerned to check the safety of the workers at their workplaces in the region.
In order to serve the respective purpose, they are also efficiently backing the review of workplace health and safety law that has been ordered by labor minister Ms. Kate Wilkinson to ensure that the laws are sufficiently protecting all the workers and their health.
Yes, the review will be lead by an independent taskforce to check the efficiency of the system and if it has been set up properly to make sure that no more number of accidents occurs in the workplace with the workers.
"Too many New Zealanders are injured or killed at work. People have a right to know that when they leave for work in the morning, they will be coming home safe and well at the end of the day", Ms. Wilkinson said.
She adds that the taskforce will report its submission by the end of the year. The review has gained support of both BusinessNZ and the Council of Trade Unions, who have issued statements claiming same.
The concern of the authorities is rising higher to lower down the high rate of accidents and death that are occurring at work in New Zealand as compared to the number of similar cases occurring in other countries. This state demands an immediate review, says CTU President Ms. Helen Kelly.
Officials claim that the review and its submission will help keep the authorities up to date with all the relevant information regarding the matter. Also, it will help making the current system clearer by taking in to account all the needs for safety of workers and the other ones, who are working in the workplaces.
Ms. Wilkinson has announced an extra $37 million to be spent in next four years to increase the number of health and safety inspectors and for funding to the new High Hazards Unit and other initiatives.
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