MBV and CFMEU VIC/TAS partner on pathway for construction industry
During these challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CFMEU VIC/TAS branch secretary John Setka and Master Builders Victoria (MBV) chief executive Rebecca Casson collaborate to focus on the protection of workers in the building and construction industry.
The two are committed to ensure there is a pipeline of work in place for the industry and to ensure jobs are kept as far as it is reasonably practical and businesses remain solvent. On top of this, the state government will introduce considerable measures to protect the industry which contributes 45% of tax revenue for the state.
It can be quite difficult for the building and construction industry to self-isolate and socially distance on sites and decisions regarding the industry need to consider this. John and Rebecca agree that special consideration must be given to the building and construction industry in relation to blanket closures due to COVID-19.
Both parties are committed to not only protecting community health, but also limiting the broader community impact if the industry is brought to a standstill. However, if there is a requirement for a site closure, or closures, due to community health reasons, the MBV and CFMEU VIC/TAS should be jointly consulted to enable forward planning.
The CFMEU and MBV joined a united delegation including the AMWU, CCF, ETU, Master Plumbers, NECA and the PPTEU this afternoon to put this case forward to the premier’s office.