John Bowler

John Bowler

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

    Investigation into dismissal of safety representative.

    9/08/2006 2:00 PM

    Employment Protection Minister John Bowler has asked WorkSafe WA to investigate the dismissal of a safety representative who was employed by the Leighton-Kumagai Joint Venture on the Perth-to-Mandurah rail project.

    Mr Bowler said he was concerned at the suggestion of a safety representative being discriminated against for raising safety concerns in his workplace and involving WorkSafe inspectors.

    “It should be of concern to all Western Australian families if there is a growth in the use of WorkChoices to dismiss people for raising Occupational Health and Safety concerns,” the Minister said.

    “The State Government has worked hard to improve safety standards in all workplaces, including the construction industry, and safety representatives play an important role in ensuring safe and healthy workplaces.

    “It is my job as Employment Protection Minister to ensure that WA workers have a safe environment and that includes the ability for safety representatives to raise safety concerns without fear of reprisals.

    “The issue of safety and health in the workplace is the most important concern for all WA workers and their families.

    “All workers have the right to go home to their families - safe and uninjured.

    “My big worry is that some employers will be encouraged by John Howard’s WorkChoices legislation to take unfair action against Australian workers.”

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