Union calls for industrial manslaughter laws to be introduced in the Northern Territory

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The Maritime Union of Australia is calling for greater safety protection for workers.

The union welcomed news that WorkSafe NT has laid charges against a Darwin shipping company over the death of a deckhand in 2017, but said more needs to be done to ensure the safety of workers and called for industrial manslaughter laws to be introduced in the Northern Territory.

“The safety of workers must be the most important priority for employers and they need to know there are serious consequences for them if they don’t provide a safe workplace,” said MUA Branch Secretary Thomas Mayor.

“The NT is in a minority of state and territory jurisdictions that does not have industrial manslaughter legislation.

“Queensland recently passed industrial manslaughter laws and the new rules carry jail terms as potential penalties for employers who fail to provide safe workplaces.

Mr. Mayor urged  WorkSafe NT to be a lot more aggressive in ensuring that safety is the top priority for employers.

“More must be done to prevent needless injuries and deaths in workplaces in the Territory which have tragic consequences for workers and their families,” he said

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