Building and construction industry employers and unions unite on COVID-19 message
Every building and construction union has united to send a strong message to the industry on COVID-19: treat this situation very seriously and with the highest importance by adhering to all the recommended safety procedures.
The united group stresses the need to follow appropriate measures and guidelines which stipulate strict hygiene practices, social distancing and separation of workers on meal breaks, in addition to other measures, to ensure sites can be kept safe and stay open.
Employer groups and unions have worked together to develop guidelines in line with government recommendations and they should be adhered to and followed by both employers and employees. This pairing has and will continue to follow guidelines from both the national cabinet and Victorian state government, which confirms that stage two restrictions do not apply to construction sites and electrical and plumbing services – as these are considered essential activities.
Building and construction is vital to the Australian economy and it’s critical that all involved work together to ensure the protection of employers, workers, their families and the community.
The group will continue to work with all relevant leadership and government bodies – including following the advice of the Victorian chief health officer – to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their collective memberships and the community.