Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Tragedy at Pike River

Check out this article on Pike River. It isn't critical enough of the failure of the Engineering, Printing, and Manufacturing Union to organise its members to take industrial action over safety concerns at the mine, but it is still provides a powerful critique of the other key factors that led to the tragedy: a business that put profit ahead of its workers' safety, neoliberal deregulation by successive neoliberal Labour and National governments, which among other things meant that the Department of Labour was insufficiently resourced to inspect mining operations and operated on the basis of the assumption that business can be trusted to largely regulate itself with respect to health and safety. 


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