The above fact tells you all you need to know about National’s contempt for worker safety and their total enslavement to industry interests. Rather than meet with the Pike River Families who lost so many of their brothers, sons, husbands, uncles, friends and whanua due to the gross incompetence of Government regulation, Key chose to have a photo opportunity with a puppy.
I’m not sure what is more sickening, that Key chose to do that or most NZers are still in love with him.
The watered down health and safety regulations make a mockery of the grief not only of the Pike River Mine families, but every whanau who have had their loved ones die at work.
It should be a basic right that you expect your loved ones to not die at work.
How much of a farce is the new Health and Safety law? National’s biggest friends and financial backers, the beef, lamb and dairy industries have all been put into the ‘low risk’ area so as to minimise any costs to those industries where as Alpaca breeding, Bird breeding, Cat breeding, Dairy goat farming, Dog breeding, Emu breeding, Goat farming, Pet breeding, Rabbit farming and worm farming have all been classified as High risk.
That’s right, worm farming, cats, dogs, rabbits and parrots are all High risk where as National’s mates in beef, lamb and dairy are all low risk.
It’s blatant crony capitalism except this time the stakes aren’t Sky City or MediaWorks or Warner Brothers getting a great big fat corporate welfare cheque, this time the stakes are the lives of NZ workers.
That this obscenity is not leading every news headline, every front page and dominating every discussion on radio talkback highlights the empty right wing echo chamber our mainstream media have become and why NZers love affair with John Key looks set to continue through till 2020.
As long as house prices continue to increase more than the middle class make in actual salary each year, they will refuse to see the outrage of NZ workers dying on the job as anything the have a responsibility to consider when they go to the ballot box in 2017.
Meanwhile more families will bury their loved ones this year, and the next, and the next from simply going to work.
Once upon a time this would cause shame or embarrassment amongst NZers, 30 years of neoliberalism and it will barely cause a pause with muddle Nu Zilind. Their mentality is ‘if you are too poor to gain a job with zero physical risk, then you chose the fate of an unsafe workplace’.
When does this callous survival of the richest economic Darwinism change? When the poor get so angry that they overcome their natural masochistic stoicism and when the middle class get hit by the property market popping.
Until then, it’s ‘Happy Day’s with Mike Hosking.
If only the media could spend as much time on how Key is treating NZ workers as they do on his parenting advice we might have accountability.