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V555 - International Industrial Health and Safety Bill 2013 watch

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    As many are of the opinion, Aye
    63.33%
    Of the contrary, No
    26.67%
    Abstain
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    V555 - International Industrial Health and Safety Bill 2013 - TSR Socialist Party, TSR Green Party




    International Industrial Health and Safety Act 2013

    Preamble

    Recognizing and lamenting the tragedy of the building collapse that on the 10th of April 2013 killed more than 380 people in Bangladesh, the House commits itself to contributing to efforts to ensure that an event like this does not recur. While it would neither be plausible nor desirable for the British Government to manage every aspect of any activity happening abroad, the House believes that it would be in the spirit of international co-operation and community to necessitate the assumption of some responsibility by British companies and firms involved abroad for the well-being of workers directly or indirectly under their employment, and seeks through this bill to do just that.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

    1. The contents of this act is applicable to firms and companies, hereafter referred to as 'relevant firms and companies', that fulfill the following criteria:

    (i) The firm or company in question is registered in the UK.

    (ii) The firm or company in question owns or deals with industrial or commercial sites and/or institutions - which may include (but are not exclusive to) factories, branches, distributors and/or suppliers - in a foreign country.

    2. All relevant firms and companies are required to ensure to the best of their abilities that any industrial or commercial site abroad which houses employees is held to at least the same minimum standard of employee health and safety measures as in the United Kingdom.

    (i) The 'minimum standard of employee safety measures' is the standard set through following the guidelines provided by the Government's Health and Safety Executive.

    (ii) All relevant firms and companies are expected to respect local laws and measures with regard to health and safety: in countries where the local health and safety laws contain measures not included in the Health and Safety Executive's guidelines, the latter shall be regarded only as a minimum setting of standard and never as a full replacement for local laws.

    (iii) In any case where the local laws of a country conflict with specific guidelines laid out by the Health and Safety Executive, the former always takes precedence and is to be adhered to by relevant firms and companies.

    3. All relevant firms and companies are required to ensure to the best of their abilities that all partner factories, branches, distributors and suppliers in foreign countries are made aware of this requirement of minimum health and safety standards, and that all employees working with or under any of the above are made aware of the same.

    4. The primary point of reference for ensuring that the measures mentioned by this act are being adhered to is the Embassy, Consulate or High Commission of the United Kingdom in the relevant country.

    (i) The United Kingdom's Embassy, Consulate or High Commission maintains a list of all relevant firms and companies for that country, and releases this list to the public at least once a year; this release may be made through the mass media or via local government and/or organizations.

    (ii) Along with the list of relevant firms and companies (mentioned in 4 (i)), the Embassy, Consulate or High Commission of the United Kingdom releases: a brief summary of the health and safety requirements laid out by the Health and Safety Executive, a notice of the requirement of all relevant firms and companies to uphold these requirements, and a set of instructions on how to contact the Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in case a breach of these measures is observed, in both English and the local language (where relevant) at least once a year to the public.

    (iii) Reports of a breach of the measures laid out in this act from any source may be registered with the United Kingdom's Embassy, Consulate or High Commission in the relevant country directly, through the relevant website or via a hotline set up wherever possible.

    5. Any proven breach of the measures laid out in this act are met with an immediate revocation of the license to practice in the United Kingdom of the relevant firm or company in question, and this blacklisting is upheld until and unless suitable rectification is made and proven.

    6. This Act shall come into force on the first day of July 2013.




    Relevant Links
    The Health and Safety Executive website
    The Health and Safety pocketcard, published 04/09

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    Why not TSR Opposition?

    Anyway, proxy Aye for TMD.
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    (Original post by Thunder and Jazz)
    Why not TSR Opposition?

    Anyway, proxy Aye for TMD.
    I oppose since I believe this is an issue outside the scope of government.
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    (Original post by Thunder and Jazz)
    Why not TSR Opposition?

    Anyway, proxy Aye for TMD.
    That's what I expected it to be posted as. :curious:

    In the spirit of T&J-style irony, nay to this utterly ridiculous bill. :yy:
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    It may actually be the worst legislation I have ever seen. Worse even than Hitler.
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    Aye
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    The Ayes to the right: 19
    The Noes to the left: 8
    Abstentions: 3

    So the Ayes have it, the Ayes have it. Unlock.
 
 
 
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