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To: Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria

Make industrial manslaughter a crime

We call on Daniel Andrews to provide a safer Victoria and ensure no-one is above the law.

We call for legislation so negligent employers can be charged with industrial manslaughter when a person is killed at work.

Why is this important?

For more than 20 years, I've been attending sites where a worker has been killed. I've carried bodies out, cleaned up blood and consoled work mates. I've seen grown men in uncontrollable fits of tears and families devastated at unnecessary funerals.

And what makes it unbearable is that every one of these deaths was preventable. If more had been done, these men would still be alive and their families would still be together. If there were significant consequences for big corporations that kill workers, then our workplaces would be safer. 

The good news is that there are ways to make our work sites safer. That's why I've started this petition, calling on Daniel Andrews to introduce Industrial Manslaughter laws here in Victoria. Laws that would punish big corporations where they have been negligent and force them to take safety seriously.

They send a clear message to corporations that their negligence can kill. By holding negligent employers to account, these laws will make our workplaces safer.

Queensland, the ACT, the UK and Canada are ahead of Victoria, with laws that mean negligent corporations and senior managers can be charged over the death of an employee. 26 people have been killed at work in the last year in Victoria. One death is too many and it's time for action.

It's not good enough that corporations and their senior officers can negligently cause the death of a worker and evade justice.

If you or someone you know has been affected by a workplace injury or death and feel distressed by the content on this page, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.


2018-05-31 11:48:53 +1000

On Saturday 26 May Premier Andrews announced that, if re-elected, he will introduce industrial manslaughter laws in Victoria.

Union members and workplace activists have been campaigning on this for many years – alongside the families and loved ones of those that have been killed on the job.

This announcement is because of your work. While there is more work to be done, this is a moment we should collectively feel proud to be union.

2018-04-30 16:36:41 +1000

“Something needs to change and it should start with the laws being strengthened to include industrial manslaughter in Victoria.”

Read this story about the families of the two young men tragically killed in a trench collapse in Delacombe:

2018-03-22 21:45:43 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-22 11:51:18 +1100

500 signatures reached

2018-03-22 09:28:02 +1100

100 signatures reached

2018-03-22 09:21:07 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-03-22 09:17:53 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-03-22 09:15:41 +1100

10 signatures reached