The Tertiary Education Union recognises that the most effective means by which New Zealand’s unacceptably high workplace harm and death statistics can be reduced is through a collaborative approach that recognises the vital role of unions as representatives of employees.
The TEU supports strategies and practices that ensure all employees are able to work in safe and productive workplaces. We are committed to contributing to the reduction of workplace harm or death by advocating for active health and safety roles for union members within tertiary education institutions. Such roles include union representation on health and safety committees, or where such committees do not exist, the ability for the local union branch to meet regularly with the appropriate management teams to discuss the implementation of health and safety policies and procedures.
In addition the TEU is committed to ensuring that safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work are provided in all universities, institutes of technology/polytechnics, wānanga and other institutions or organisations in which our members are employed. Integral to this is the provision of adequate information, training and supervision to all employees, and specific and timely training and support to those employees who take up a health and safety representative role.
As ratified by: council 16th March 2012
Review date: March 2014
* This policy should be read in conjunction with the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and subsequent amendments, and the TEU document “Guidelines for TEU health and safety representatives”.