John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Canberra damaging safety and health in the workplace

    23/08/2006 8:43 PM
     
    23/08/06

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler is concerned the Federal Government’s so-called WorkChoices is inhibiting the safety of workplaces in Western Australia.

    Mr Bowler this morning told delegates at the Albany WorkSafe 2006 Forum that WorkChoices had created a climate in which workers might feel that their job security was threatened by raising health and safety issues.

    “I am concerned that John Howard’s new laws have slashed workers rights and created an environment where people can be, and have been, sacked for no reason,” the Minister said.

    “The threat of being shown the door for no reason means people, particularly elected safety representatives, will be reluctant to raise concerns for fear of being labelled a trouble maker and then dismissed.

    “Not only have the pay, conditions, and job security of workers been attacked, but their health and safety in the workplace is under threat.

    “The State Government will continue to do all it can to ensure that this climate of fear is not allowed to take hold in this State.”

    The WorkSafe Forum brought together people with an interest in occupational safety and health to update their knowledge on the latest developments in that arena.

    Presented by WorkSafe, the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health and WorkCover WA, the forum included presentations from the WorkSafe WA Commissioner, WorkSafe inspectors, commission chair Tony Cooke and WorkCover.

    Further information on the Work Safe 2006 Forum can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 9327 8781 or on the website at http://www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.

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