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WorkSafe to cut 113 jobs in search for ‘more sustainable’ model

Unions say regulator should be getting more funding not less, while industry critic calls for board heads to roll.

WorkSafe has been given additional powers subsequent to the Whakaari White Island incident.

Will Mace Fri, 03 Nov 2023
Key points
  • What’s at stake: WorkSafe is cutting 113 jobs as unions say regulator should be getting more funding, not less.
  • Background: The regulator announced a restructure on September 21 after a strategic review was commissioned by the former Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood in 2021.
  • Main players: WorkSafe, Steve Haszard, NZ Council of Trade Unions, PSA, Duane Leo, Michael Wood, James Dunphy.

WorkSafe New Zealand is set to reduce its headcount by 113 people in a move that the Public Service Association said is “rushed” and “out of step” with the direction the country should be heading in relation to health and safety.

The regulator – which has roughly 800 staff – announced

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Key points
  • What’s at stake: WorkSafe is cutting 113 jobs as unions say regulator should be getting more funding, not less.
  • Background: The regulator announced a restructure on September 21 after a strategic review was commissioned by the former Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Michael Wood in 2021.
  • Main players: WorkSafe, Steve Haszard, NZ Council of Trade Unions, PSA, Duane Leo, Michael Wood, James Dunphy.
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