New safety laws must be tough, says ACTU
national set of health and safety laws needs to be strong to help reduce the number of workers who die or are injured on the job, the ACTU says.
ACTU president Ged Kearney says an estimated 7000 workers die from workplace injury or disease each year while another 640,000 staff are injured.
Attempts by employer groups to weaken the regulations are an example of business putting profits before safety, she says.
‘‘The ultimate aim of the regulations must be to protect workers’ safety, not reduce the amount of work business must do to comply,’’ Ms Kearney says.
She says Access Economics finds the new regulations will not increase compliance requirements or costs for businesses.