Return Of ABCC Remains Top Priority For Master Builders

Written by: Wilhelm Harnisch, Chief Executive Officer, 08 Mar 2016

Reports that there may be a further delay in a vote to restore the Australian Building and Construction Industry (ABCC) are causing uncertainty and deep concern in the industry.

“The return of a tough cop on the beat to tackle the ingrained culture of unlawfulness in the building unions remains the top priority of Master Builders Australia, as it must be for the Government and the community,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders Australia said.

“Yesterday’s decision by the Fair Work Commission revoking the right of entry permits of three CFMEU officials goes to highlight that the culture of unlawfulness remains rife in the building and construction industry. It also shows building unions are undaunted by the Heydon Royal Commission’s exposure of their institutional culture of unlawfulness by continuing to bully and intimidate contractors to enter agreements containing restrictive and inflexible work conditions,” he said.

“These conditions, combined with the unlawful disruption experienced almost every day on building sites, increase the cost of construction by up to 30 per cent,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“Master Builders calls on the Government to make passage of the Bills re-establishing the ABCC a key priority for the sake of the community and the economy,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.