The CFMEU, one the biggest unions in WA has called on the government to follow a Victorian Labor party commitment and introduce 20 year jail sentences and multi-million dollar fines for those employers who fail to prevent workplace fatalities.
The call from the union comes after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said if re-elected, his party would introduce industrial manslaughter legislation, which would mean criminal offences for workplace fatalities. It would mean employers could be fined almost $16 million for a fatality or jailed for up to 20 years.
Queensland introduced similar laws earlier this year.
CFMEU WA state secretary Mick Buchan said the WA government needs to introduce the changes urgently, following the example of Premier Daniel Andrews and his Victorian state government who recognise the high rate of workplace deaths which are not being deterred by fines.
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