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January 14th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The Accident Compensation Corporation will end a health and safety training programme it said today after activist group the Taxpayers Union highlighted almost $20 million in spending on the training which generated few benefits.

The union today released documents detailing the corporation’s spending since 2003 on the programme to train employees in health and safety practices.

Beginning in 2003, the money was paid to the Council of Trade Unions (CTU), employers’ group Business NZ and private training provider Impac Services.

However the documents showed the $19 million spent “did little, if anything, to reduce workplace accidents”, Taxpayers Union executive director Jordan Williams said.

The release and detailed data from the Taxpayers Union is here. What is staggering is that even if you make the incredibly generous assumption that the training resulted in a 50% reduction in workplace accidents in sites visited (and of course it did not), then it is still wasting 84 cents in the dollar.  The benefits are just 16 cents for every dollar spent, even under the most generous assumptions.

It should have stopped years ago.

analysis found that over the time the programme was working there was a reduction in claims even in workplaces where no safety or workplace activity has occurred.

The analysis suggested that even if the training was responsible for half of the reduction in accidents, at best only 16c in every $1 spent did any good, or in other words, 84c in every $1 was being wasted.

The documents reveal that Business NZ and the CTU worked together with ACC to create the venture and doubts about the value of the scheme had existed since at least 2008.

“Business NZ and the CTU have created a nice little earner for themselves”, said Mr Williams.

“It’s a disgraceful example of big corporate and union welfare chewing through taxpayer cash.”

There are many many organisations out there receiving taxpayer funding, and not producing enough benefits to justify it.  It’s good that ACC has decided to put a stop to this one, saving employees and employers money.

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16 Responses to “Good”

  1. Colville (2,081 comments) says:

    I wish I wasnt banned over at the Stranded so I could troll about this :-)

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  2. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    Iain Lees-Galloway said the review of the programme appeared to be ‘politically motivated’. Another illogical comment by a politician.

    Programmes have to be reviewed to see if taxpayers money is being wisely spent.

    Roll on Christmas 2014.

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  3. kowtow (7,634 comments) says:

    Great result.Now they should go after those ridiculous “road safety” ads that don’t make the roads safe.

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  4. stigie (916 comments) says:


    I wish I wasnt banned over at the Stranded so I could troll about this :-)

    If you went along with all their crap and wankfest Colville, you could still be there !!

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  5. Harriet (4,522 comments) says:

    So Key and English can’t see these savings, yet at the start of National’s term in office they said they were going to do a ‘line by line review’ and made other statements to do with ‘savings’.

    Clearly they didn’t do the job properly. And clearly the Tax Union can.

    Well how the fuck is that?

    “……..However the documents showed the $19 million spent “did little, if anything, to reduce workplace accidents”, Taxpayers Union executive director Jordan Williams said….”

    Well Mr Williams – wait till National starts giving money to ‘training providers’ and ‘job seeker networks’ – just like in Australia – and you’ll find more wasted money than you will ever dream about – almost the entire budget for it actually.

    Mr Williams – you should shove it right up Key – tell the news media every day that a department announces the start of a much needed programme or campaign that “National have just announced that they’re wasting more money – yet again – and in time it will be proved.”

    And tell him to fire all the fucken so called ‘managers’ and ‘auditors’ that we’re paying for while you’re at it – clearly they are making far too many expensive mistakes.

    In other words Mr Williams, it’s so good to see you are nothing like the other unionists – who do half assed jobs.

    We know you are capable of doing the job properly. Nothing less is expected of you. So don’t ever do anything less.

    As it’ll look a bit like….well….’pay offs’ or ‘trade offs’ are being made by ‘just another fucken union’.

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  6. flash2846 (172 comments) says:

    The Taxpayers Union looks to be a worthwhile entity.
    Keep it up; Thank you

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  7. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    We will all be looking forward to the day when we stop forking out taxpayer cash to prop up similarly useless Maori initiatives I suspect! :)

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  8. RRM (9,467 comments) says:

    $19 million over 10 years… I wonder how long it would have continued?

    Thanks DPF for a job well done!

    PS: Stop being so RACIST ™ Johnboy. You know the Maori ™ deserve every cent.

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  9. thePeoplesFlag (175 comments) says:

    Who is funding this so-called “Taxpayer’s Union” Mr. Farrar? Sounds like a nice new little home for all the dirty money that used to flow into ACT’s various anonymous trusts.

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  10. RRM (9,467 comments) says:

    Who is funding this so-called “Taxpayer’s Union” Mr. Farrar?

    I think you’ll find private citizens, who think it’s a good idea, fund it out of their own private money ;-)

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  11. Johnboy (14,998 comments) says:

    In “thePeoplesFlag’s” world folk don’t have “private money” RRM! :)

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  12. SPC (5,392 comments) says:

    So its funding that goes to unions that is first targeted?

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  13. publicwatchdog (2,107 comments) says:

    Have you read CTU President Helen Kelly’s side of the story?

    http://thestandard.org.nz/health-and-safety-rep-training-a-cut-by-any-other-name/

    Penny Bright

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  14. RightNow (6,668 comments) says:

    SPC “So its funding that goes to unions that is first targeted?”

    Did I miss something, aren’t Business NZ also being targeted at the same time?

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  15. jcuk (586 comments) says:

    Currently, or rather yesterday, I was being lambasted for calling one of them a ‘fruitcake’ over the stop drilling business and was put under moderation after a particularly silly and abusive attack on me … the attacker was censured by lprent … my answer was de-moderated … so really it is how you behave .. if you behave like scum you will get banned is my impression after posting there for years and mostly expressing disgust with their writings. “Dedicated fruitcakes” was the expression which raised their ire :)
    [ the estimated 100, ODT put it at 250, who braved the heavy rain in their canoes and waka .... I had expressed my satisfaction that only 100 DFs were in Dunedin despite the university :) ]

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  16. jcuk (586 comments) says:

    Helen Kelly’s disgust at the cuts is top of the page this morning at the Standard.

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