6 Apr 2010

Move to cut spending on health and safety training criticised

7:33 am on 6 April 2010

Employers and unions are critical of a Government move to cut spending on workplace health and safety training.

Under changes in last year's Budget, the Tertiary Education Commission is reducing what it spends on workplace health and safety training.

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce says it's fair the Tertiary Education Commission doesn't fund courses designed to meet the legal obligations of employers.

Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O'Reilly says the Government has to be careful about its spending, but it does have responsibility for workplace health and safety training.

Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly is also worried the Government's approach will mean less training is done.