|Issue No 108||24 August 2001|
Support Builds for Industrial Manslaughter Laws
Hundreds of union delegates and health and safety representatives rallied in Melbourne this week to support the Victorian Government's new industrial manslaughter laws.
The rally marked the launch of the union movement's campaign, "Corporate Killing: there ought to be a law against it".
In September, a new law will be introduced into Victorian Parliament, creating the crime of Industrial Manslaughter. If the law is passed, an employer, directors and senior officials can be convicted if their behaviour is so grossly negligent that a death or serious injury occurs.
The penalties in the case of Industrial Manslaughter will include $5 million for a company and fines of up $180,000. Directors/senior officers can also face up to two years jail.
"Hundreds of workers die as a result of work related injuries every year, yet it still seems that many employers are slow to learn the health and safety lessons. Employers must be held to account," said Leigh Hubbard, Secretary, Victorian Trades Hall Council.
"We don't pretend this legislation will solve all our workplace safety problems, but it will focus the minds of senior managers."
VTHC also launched a campaign website which urges people to lobby politicians. The site centres on the image and story of Anthony Carrick, an 18-year-old killed on his first day at work in 1998. Jan Carrick, Anthony's mother addressed the rally.
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History: Race and Australian Labour.
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Review: The Fight for Equal Pay
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