If there was every a perfect illustration of how the left think all employers are evil it is this statement from Council of Trade Unions president, Helen Kelly.
““Rewarding employers for a lower claims rate doesn’t reduce accidents but provides incentives for accidents to be covered up.”
“Employers could fail to report accidents, misrepresent them as not being workplace related, or bully employees into not seeking treatment, she said.”
What a load of tosh. “No claims bonuses” for accident-free workplaces has been shown to definitively reduce accident rates as employers are incentivised to promote workplace safety and fix dangerous working practices and situations. This is the situation in South African mines (where I have worked) and the financial incentive is more than enough to make SA mines among the safest in the world. This is in stark contrast to New Zealand where health and safety issues hardly raise interest above the level of ensuring the paperwork for accreditation is up to date.
Employers have no power to cover up accidents.”
In addition, such an incentive inclines employers to try to get their employees back to work as soon as possible – this has been shown to promote recovery and healing, if done properly (and forcing employees into inappropriate work too early is guaranteed to increase and employer’s costs, when relapse occurs)
Employers have no power to cover up accidents. The reporting of an accident is done by the patient’s initial care-giver (usually the doctor or ambulance officer). There are plenty of legal safeguards already in place to prevent an unscrupulous employer pressurizing an employee not to seek medical attention. Frankly, those employers unpleasant enough to try this are already doing so, purely because they do not want to pay sick leave or have a man off. However, the vast majority of employers realise that an injured workforce is extremely counter-productive and will eventually lead to much worse accidents. Employers stupid enough not to realise this are driven out of business as they cannot compete with a business with a healthy workforce.
Insurance companies deal to those employees who try to dispute work related claims. A cursory glance over decisions made by ACC, as to whether accidents are work related or not, reveals a marked slant towards the account of the employee and a very liberal interpretation of “work-related”. As ACC will remain the principle insurer of non-work related injuries, you can rest assured that they will be keen to see work injuries classified as such.
This is just more of the “employers are evil” nonsense from the unions again. That David Parker mouths the same silly assertions, simply means that Labour have similar delusions.