Workers and unions will rally tomorrow, Thursday 26 October, in Dickson to demand the ACT government set up an independent work safety authority.
WorkSafe ACT was merged into Access Canberra in 2015. Since then, the number of serious workplace injuries has increased, while the number of compliance activities and workplace visits has decreased. WorkSafe has failed to launch a prosecution into the Gungahlin Drive bridge collapse, and has had a weak response to the crane and scaffolding safety audits.
Place: 16 Challis St, Dickson
Date: Thursday 26 October 2017
Time: 11:30am – finished by 12:30pm sharp.
The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, secretary of UnionsACT:
“Workers and unions will be rallying tomorrow to blow the whistle on Australia’s weakest and most ineffectual safety regulator.
“The experiment to merge WorkSafe into Access Canberra has failed.
“It is time for work safety to be taken seriously, and to do that working people need a strong, independent WorkSafe, not the weak-safe that we have now.”