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Unions Pause On New Safety Laws

By Mary Yaager

There are big gains for workers with new health and safety laws which are set to replace the myriad of rules and regulations that currently exist in NSW.

Employers must now consult with employees about safety issues and there are legal teeth to punish recalcitrant bosses.

The streamlined Occupational Health and Safety Regulation will replace a number of NSW acts covering Health and Safety, such as the Construction Safety Act, the Factories Shops and Industries Act and other existing Legislation.

However, according to Greg Donnelly , Secretary of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association, unions do have concerns with the new law, particularly because some of the good provisions in the old laws are not being replaced.

Greg Donnelley said his union constantly uses the provisions under the Shops Factories and Industry Act which cover important issues such as ventilation, workspace, amenities, first aid, heat and cold and young people working with machinery".

Labor Council, Assistant Secretary, John Robertson and a number of unions met with the Minister John Della Bosca this week to discuss concerns over the new proposed occupational health and safety laws.

John Robertson said ' the Minister has given assurances that the important provisions such as first aid, amenities etc. will be carried across under the new OHS Regulation 2000'

John went on to say ' the Minister has also set up a number of consultative committees with the unions to work through the details'


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*  Interview: Tony Abbott – Workers' Friend?
The new Workplace Relations minister relives his own union background and explains why he’s really just another worker at heart. Honestly.
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*  Politics: The Politics of Petrol
Australia might be burning, but is it a fire that can be brought under control?
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*  Organising: The Battle of Campsie
SDA delegate Maria Kavaratzis recounts how the Campsie Big W has been transformed into a union shop.
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*  History: Scabbing Through the Ages
Neale Towart looks back at how popular culture has treated those workers who have not considered themselves part of the collective.
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*  International: Diary of a Showdown
The Korean Metal Workers Federation recounts a week which culminated in violent attacks on workers outside the Daewoo factory.
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*  Economics: Debt Dumping Campaign Enters New Phase
The millennial deadline might have passed, but Jubilee 2000 is not giving up the fight for debt cancellation for the world’s fifty-two poorest countries.
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*  Health: The Real Drug Wars
As Africa attempts to deal with the HIV crisis, access to the medicines that can relieve victims’ suffering is emerging as a major humanitarian issue.
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*  Satire: Liberals Claim Triumph in Queensland
John Howard has claimed the Liberal Party’s decimation in Western Australia and Queensland as a triumphant vindication of his party’s embracing of the national competition policy.
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*  Review: Beyond a White Australia
As we ponder the One Nation renaissance, a new book challenges the current debates around xenophobia and the perceived threat of danger from Asia.
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