Labour Briefs (Sept. 10, 2001)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/06/2001

H&S LAWS MUST IMPROVE FOR YOUNG WORKERS: UNION
Toronto

— With the recent deaths of five teenage workers, the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is calling on Ontario to review health and safety laws dealing with training for younger workers. “(Young and student workers) need real compulsory, hazard-specific, on-the-job training, not just in high school classrooms or government-sponsored ad campaigns,” said Cecil Makowski, vice-president for the Ontario region of CEP. He says the Health and Safety Act is not stringent enough and that the government must develop an enforcement mechanism to deal with employers who refuse to train student workers.

AUSTRALIAN STATE PREPARES INDUSTRIAL MANSLAUGHTER LAW
Melbourne