Northland deaths feared if NorthTec cuts OSH course

Posted By TEU on Apr 21, 2016 |


Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 13

Northland has more workplace fatalities than Wellington, Christchurch or Hamilton, and yet NorthTec has cut its Level 4 Occupational Health and Safety programme this year.

NorthTec has announced a review of its Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) programmes. However, even before the review, it has already cut its Whangarei-based Level 4 programmes for 2016.

TEU organiser Chan Dixon says NorthTec has a responsibility to the people of Northland to help keep them safe from workplace deaths and injuries.

“Local Northland people are going to work in the morning but not coming home because they’ve been killed or seriously harmed. 17 Northland people were killed at work in the last five years. NorthTec’s OSH programmes can help keep people safe.”

Dixon says that at the same time that NorthTec has decided not to run OSH4, it has also decided to allocate almost half of its allocated EFTS to provide Level 3 OSH programmes in Auckland, which already has many OSH education providers.

“That almost certainly is a reason why NorthTec wants to cut people’s jobs in Whangarei. It is sending nearly half its designated EFTS to Auckland rather than keeping them in Northland where its training obligations lie.”

Ironically the polytechnic hired people on fixed-term agreements less than a month prior to announcing its review of OSH.

Consultation on the review closed yesterday and NorthTec will announce its decision next week.

Dixon says she hopes the union’s submission will convince NorthTec to support local Northland people to stay healthy and safe at work.

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