Politics
Tuesday December 11, 2018

Politics

Friday, 17 January 2014 07:39

Minister softens over claims of rort in ACC workplace safety training

ACC Minister Judith Collins has eased off on suggestions workplace safety training run by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) and Business NZ is a taxpayer rip-off, the union and employer organisations said yesterday. ACC this week said it was ending a programme under which it pays $350 a head for the organisations to train employee representatives in health and safety practices. The announcement came after the Taxpayers' Union highlighted the $19 million paid by ACC to the CTU, Business NZ and private provider Impac for the training since 2003 and said analysis found it was ineffective.
Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:25

ACC training claims overblown

It is unfortunate that important debate on workplace safety has been undermined by intemperate media comment, says BusinessNZ. Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says claims about ACC safety training have been regrettable and BusinessNZ has so far refrained from commenting on them because it has not been possible to have constructive dialogue in the context of overblown media comment. “Key issues are that New Zealand’s health and safety has just been changed and more stringent focus is needed on the goals of improving workplace safety.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 17:28

Ham-fisted politics behind Collins posturing

Judith Collins’ decision to scrap ACC-funded health and safety training looks more like political posturing at the very time training of workplace health and safety representatives is needed most to cover their proposed new powers, Labour says. Judith Collins announced yesterday a decision of ACC apparently made last year to cancel a programme of health and safety training provided by Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions for workplace health and safety representatives. The government last year consulted on new health and safety legislation giving extended powers to workplace health and safety reps including the right to direct…
Thursday, 05 December 2013 12:38

ACC recommended levy cut

ACC recommended lowering its levies but the Government decided not to do so until this week, chairwoman Dame Paula Rebstock says. Levy reductions were announced earlier this week, kicking in immediately for employers and workers. Rebstock said the board had advised the Government to lower the levies earlier. She was being questioned by Labour ACC spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway during ACC's financial review at Parliament's transport and industrial relations select committee today.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 06:44

Farmers delighted at ACC levies

Farmers are delighted the Government has confirmed ACC levies for 2014/15, which will see between 21 and 29 percent, shaved off work levy rates for farming ‘risk groups’. This reflects an improving safety record on-farm and should go lower as this trend continues. “While farmers may work in one of the highest risk groups, we are finally seeing our improving safety record translate into the levies paid by pastoral farmers,” says Katie Milne, Federated Farmers ACC spokesperson. “If there is ever an advertisement for why good safety is good for business then this is it. Work levy rates for pastoral…
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 19:11

Safety star system 'must reward participating businesses'

The government’s new Safety Star Rating System must create competitive advantages for businesses that participate, Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum Executive Director Julian Hughes says. "The Safety Star Rating System will only succeed in helping to lift New Zealand’s poor workplace safety track record if it motivates businesses to make better decisions," Mr Hughes says. "A functioning safety rating system must reward good performers and push work in their direction. A system that doesn’t differentiate top performance won’t create the changes in behaviour we desperately need."
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:08

Better safety rating, better business

ACC Minister Judith Collins says a new Safety Star Rating Scheme (SSRS) is a good opportunity for ACC to encourage better practices with a tangible measure of progress. "If you’re a top performing business, you’ll be recognised for it - and your customers will know about it too," says Ms Collins. ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand are working with businesses and workers’ representatives to develop a voluntary scheme that rates businesses’ workplace safety to improve long-lasting safety culture.
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