Just reading through the latest Electrolink. According to it, there is a Bill before Parliament to dissolve all Electrical Registration in this country. What is even more scary, is the fact of what is coming. The current EWRB (Electrical Workers Registration Board), the people that we supported through our COC's will now become the EWLB (Electrical Workers Licensing Board) The powers of this new bunch of BS have to be read to be believed: They can:
Keep, cancel or change any class of licence that they see fit, within the scope of thier "work".
Prescribe any new and old minimum standards of competence, required to get a Practicing Licence
If the Board thinks fit that you should not have a Practicing Licence, you shall not have one, for whatever reason, the Board shall not disclose the reason. This worries me!!
Should you be the subject of a complaint, no matter who from, you could be prevented from obtaining a Practicing Licence for life.
How on earth did we get this bad?. It seems like us sparkies in NZ aren't good enough to grace the Government with our Tax money, God knows we pay enough of it!!. But no, we get greater powers for those above us (read: a bigger stick to beat us with!) For instance:
Following a disiplinary hearing, the new legislation will empower the board to:
Cancel your Licence,
Suspend your Licence as long as it wants
Restrict your licence by limiting the work you can do.
Permanently or temporarily deny you your liveli-hood by disqualifying you from doing, or assisting in doing prescribed Electrical work.
Fine you up to $10,000, for each "offence".
Require you to sit any examination at your cost, or complete any Competence Programme as the new regime see's fit.
Guys, I welcome your thoughts on this. This is about to become Law.
If the proposal is to remove all requirements for registration, then how is this new EWLB going to have any powers to do anything?
I'm not sure if I know what you mean either?. Look as far as I'm concerned and this is my view only, Government should keep it's nose right the way out of training our young people and also that of Trades and Services in this country. We would be a LOT better off if the people that studied 19th Century Economics or Art History or even Hemp production, would stop trying to tell us Electricians how things are. As far as training our young people is going, it's easier to get onto a "Hip-Hop" course than what it is to get an Electrical Apprentice trained here. If this is the way it's going, I'd go for the "Hip-Hop" course'.
#143371 - 07/22/0506:45 AMRe: The Gloves are off!(NZ Sparkies)
Personally I have one problem with this change. If you as an Electrical worker, happen to get on the wrong side of a client, the media have it these days, that you can place a complaint against that worker. It might not be for poor workmanship or anything else, but they can complain. There have been cases of Electricians here being unfairly targetted by the kangaroo court of the EWRB, where the Electrician is subject to intense scrutiny, not by his peers, but by a team of Lawyers for the EWRB. The thing that I disagree with is an unfairly balanced "trial". With respect to complaints, I have to disconnect people from our Network, for non-payment of bills, I'm just doing my job but the EWRB has sent me the odd letter telling me not to be so nasty. Thing is though, you never hear who complained against you or what the complaint was about. I have to side with Kiwi here. It's hard to work against the "Invisible Man"
#143374 - 07/24/0509:50 AMRe: The Gloves are off!(NZ Sparkies)
Look guys, My one problem with this, is the loss of Registration as a Qualification. If you got Registration in NZ as an Electrician, you could take that anywhere else in the world and have it recognised, not so much because it was for life, but because you'd done your time in the eyes of the NZ system. Now it will have to be renewed every 2 or so years, which means you have to pay a fee, of the magnitude we aren't sure of yet. Just another tax.
#143377 - 07/30/0507:38 AMRe: The Gloves are off!(NZ Sparkies)
AKA: All aboard The Gravy Train! All those fees will go on trips abroad, deep pile carpets in luxurious offices, expenses, vast empires of staff with little to do all day etc. etc.. You can bet your bottom dollar little will see its way back to the electricians. These are the same sort of people who will lay off essential workers like ambulance drivers, nurses or firemen when the books won't balance. They do sack people gently though, calling it 'Rightsizing' or a 'Redundancy Situation'.