The peak body representing Trade Unions in the Hunter is calling on the University of Newcastle to reject a proposal to scrap its courses in Workplace Health and Safety.

The University of Newcastle’s Workplace Health and Safety programs have been recognised by both State and Federal Health and Safety agencies as the number one choice for high quality education in the area.

Hunter Workers Secretary Leigh Shears is urging the university to consider the benefits of the program.

“We’ve always been an industrial region and one with emerging industries, now is more important than ever to maintain the highest quality possible standard of education.”. 

The trade union suggests the significance of the program in reducing workplace-related illnesses, injuries and fatalities, is being underestimated. 

“This doesn’t just concern us, injuries and fatalities come at a significant cost to the community and families,” says Mr Shears. In a statement, the University says the concerns of Hunter Workers and students will be taken on board before final decisions are made. 

“We are in the consultation stage of our proposed Schools changes. This closes on Friday. We have been strongly encouraging staff to give feedback on our approach so we can ensure we proceed on the right track.”

(source: newcastle.edu.au)