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Labor committed to industrial manslaughter legislation

  • Labor will undertake detailed consultation with industry and unions
  • Labor committed to presumptive PTSD legislation
  • Every worker has a right to go to work and return home safely

Labor is committed to pursuing the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws from opposition.

Marking Workers’ Memorial Day, Shadow Minister for Workplace Relations Sarah Lovell said Labor will undertake detailed consultation with industry and unions toward the introduction of industrial manslaughter laws.

“The vast majority of employers do everything they possibly can to keep their workers safe but we need to send a strong message that wilful negligence will not be tolerated,” Ms Lovell said.

“Every worker has a right to go to work and return home safely.”

Ms Lovell reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to introducing Presumptive Post Traumatic Stress Disorder legislation for first responders.

This would include consideration of range of roles and professions where workers are exposed to high levels of trauma.

“First responders such as ambulance paramedics, police and fire fighters are exposed to high levels of trauma in the line of duty,” Ms Lovell said.

“We also need to consider whether protections need to be extended to other roles such as child safety workers and correctional officers.”

Labor is also committed to provide $250,000 to create a permanent and lasting memorial to Tasmanians who have died at work by completing the Tasmanian Workers Commemorative Park at Inveresk.