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Apr 15, 2021 | MATES News

MATES in Construction looks for Government Funding

MATES in Construction New Zealand is still struggling to gain support from the Government to ensure our programme is sustainable and we can reach all our workers. We need your help.

Over the past 18 months, with support from industry, MATES has supported thousands in the construction industry. We need to emphasise that in New Zealand, construction workers have the highest number of suicides across all industries, and are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. Recent indications suggest that one person per week is dying of suicide in the construction sector.

Although the government acknowledges there is a problem, there seems to be a disconnect between the differing agencies as to who should help our industry workers and provide some funding to ensure we are here for the future. The Construction Sector Accord has asked us to provide a letter with industry backing, to ask them to address this with the Ministers of the Accord. We will be calling on industry to take action by signing this letter to ask that this urgent situation be addressed. 

Read more below on TVNZ’s One News,

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/suicide-prevention-group-pleads-govt-funding-vulnerable-workforce

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