4 Nov 2011

Labour proposes flat rate levy for occupational diseases

7:06 pm on 4 November 2011

The Labour Party is proposing a flat rate levy for all employers to pay for occupational diseases such as repetitive strain injury.


The party announced its ACC policy at Parliament on Friday.

If it wins the election on 26 November, Labour says it will look at shifting the cost of ACC motor vehicle licensing levies onto the petrol levy.

ACC spokesperson Chris Hipkins says the levy would be a flat rate because of the difficulties in attributing injuries such as strains to a particular job.

Labour says motorcyclists have been hard-hit by levy increases under National and says it would look at funding more of the Accident Compensation Corporation's costs through the petrol levy to make the system fairer.

Labour is also promising not to privatise ACC and to review its funding.