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Don't risk 2nd rate safety01 July 2009
A new campaign to deliver the highest standards for harmonised OH & S laws.
There are 9 different OH&S laws in Australia. State and Federal governments have agreed to harmonise OH$S laws and move to a simpler system.
Over the years, Employer Associations have been lobbying governments for a simpler system. Under the Howard Liberal/National Government, laws were introduced to allw employers to allow employers to move from state OH&S systems to a federal system with less rights for workers and less workers compensation benefits for injured workers.
The Howard Government tried to remove the ability of Unions to come on site and help workers to raise and investigate genuine safety concerns.
Unions have supported harmonisation, not for the same reasons as employers to reduce workers rights to the worst OH&S Law in Australia, but in fact to use the harmonisation agenda to increase the rights of all workers to the best OH&S law operating in Australia as the basis of any national OH&S Model law.
We believe workers have;
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