4000 apply for 26 jobs – were 3974 lazy, drug addicts?

So asks the title of a press release

So far Prime Minister Bill English has called out-of-work New Zealanders druggies and lazy.

“We have a question for him: what does he call the 4000 people who applied for 26 WorkSafe positions around the country?

“We call them people trying to get a job to feed themselves and their families.

“An applicant who received the reject email said he was stunned by the sheer numbers applying.

“It?s depressing for a job seeker.

“Mr English is fond of relying on anecdotal evidence from employers but when does he chat to workers.

Bill English only speaks to parasites. ? Read more »

Explaining is losing, especially as Woodhouse invokes “Chicken Lickin”

Richard Harman at Politik reports:

Workplace Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse has asked WorkSafe New Zealand to go easy on businesses and organisations which breach the country?s new employment safety law which comes into effect next week.

And to emphasise to WorkSafe staff the need to be business-friendly he has visited virtually every one of the organisation?s offices around New Zealand and talked to most staff.

Mr Woodhouse told POLITIK that Worksafe would initially prosecute only severe breaches of the legislation while it is settling in.

His move is a measure of the political sensitivity that surrounds the legislation with widespread fears that it might prove to be overly bureaucratic and restrictive on businesses and organisations affected by it.

Those fears have resonated on National?s backbench which led to the legislation being sent back to the Select Committee for a rewrite after opposition surfaced within the party, even making its way to the party?s annual conference floor.

Thus the extra care Mr Woodhouse is taking.

?It?s really important to me that business see WorkSafe as a partner not a punisher,? he says.

And he believes his campaign to change the culture within the organisation is starting to work.

?I?ve visited just about every branch and talked to just about every staff member since I became Minister 18 months ago.

?They?ve heard directly from me that they are a different organisation from the Department of Labour or Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).?

And he says that feedback he is getting from business indicates that there is a greater willingness on both sides for business and WorkSafe to work as partners to resolve safety issues.

?But he admits things can still go wrong. Read more »

Chester Borrows finally comes good

For years everyone in the VRWC has thought Chester Borrows is in the wrong party.

He is a crim hugging defence lawyer who?doesn’t believe in stringing up really bad bastards, and would prefer to talk to them about their “mummy issues” and crap like that.

So it is surprising that Chester Borrows shows the wit to tell the morons at WorkSafe who were buggering up duck hunting across the country that they need to stop being dickheads.

Whanganui MP Borrows told his local paper that “d***head bureaucrats” had adopted an unbending stance to enforcing health and safety rules, which had led to growing concern about the regulations.

A farmer had been issued an infringement notice because five quad bikes helmets had each been hanging on a wall behind a bike, not on the bikes themselves.

This is the undoubted highlight of Chester Borrow?s political career.

He has managed to talk the language of the common man and say exactly what the common man thinks.

He can be expected to hold his seat for life, because just about everyone thinks that dickhead bureaucrats are dickheads and need to be called dickheads. ? Read more »

Worksafe wombles need to pull their heads in

Worksafe, the organisation that goes around prosecuting farmers for not wearing helmets and other gay stuff like that has issued a press release about Duck shooting, which started at dawn this morning.

This weekend is the beginning of the duck shooting season. It is timely to remind farmers of commercial farms what their obligations are under health and safety legislation. This advice applies to visitors – people who come with your implied or actual consent to your farm for no commercial or business purpose and who have not paid you (directly or indirectly) to undertake an activity.

The first thing to take into account is that this is not a paperwork nightmare. No lengthy form-filling is needed, nor is there any need to sign people on and off the farm. It is really a matter of thinking about where the hunters will go, identifying hazards and risks the hunters wouldn?t reasonably expect in those areas, and warning them about those risks and how to avoid them.

Our recommendation is that you have a conversation with the hunter or hunter in charge of the party to pass on that information. Make a note in your farm diary about what you told them. Most people usually ring up the night (or during the week) before to make sure it?s all ok, so that?s a good time to have the discussion. It doesn?t need to be lengthy. ? Read more »