Construction workers terrorised
Tuesday 23rd February 2016
The Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate continues to terrorise construction workers, with 52 people served on Saturday with notice they face crippling financial penalties in relation to a dispute over the appointment of a union Health & Safety Representative (HSR).
Australian Workers’ Union Victorian Secretary Ben Davis said that after a 12-month investigation by the Inspectorate, it seemed extraordinary that a weekend should be chosen to deliver notice of intention to prosecute.
“The only conclusion that can be drawn is that these workers employed by CBI Constructors on the new Longford Gas Conditioning plant, were served papers on a Saturday to cause maximum distress,” Mr Davis said
“It is obvious that the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate wanted to create mayhem, pain and uncertainty for our members, their partners and children. They can be very pleased with their cruel handiwork.”
Ongoing suggestions that the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) should be reinstated because the current Fair Work regime was “too soft” on workers, were as outrageous as they were unnecessary.
“We may as well kiss any hope of workplace justice goodbye if the current regime is allowed to continue in the darkest traditions of its predecessor, much less see the ABCC return,” Mr Davis said.
“This is a matter which should concern all workers, and all Australians interested in decency and safety in the workplace. It is an obvious attempt to make workers too frightened to stand up for their rights.”
The AWU would do everything in its power to protect its members.
“This is just a dirty, low-down, power trip for the Building Industry Inspectorate and those who seek to demonise construction workers,” Mr Davis said.
“Enough is enough.”