Master Builders Victoria has released a statement advocating for the provision of special considerations for building sites, to ensure jobs are secure, sites stay open and businesses remain solvent in the wake of COVID-19.
In response to the Prime Minister’s address on Wednesday 18th of March which confirmed construction sites are an essential service and will remain open, MBV and CFMEU have taken a joint approach, creating a united delegation along with a number of B&C unions including AMWU, CCF, ETU, Master Plumbers, NECA and PPTEU to advocate for members.
CFMEU Vic/Tas Secretary John Setka and MBV CEO Rebecca Casson released a statement stipulating that in the spirit of industry cooperation it is critical for all stakeholders to work together in ensuring the protection of both workers and the B&C industry itself.
Both parties are working together to ensure the pipeline of work for the B&C industry remains strong, to highlight the importance of special consideration for the industry where COVID-19 restrictions are concerned, and to guarantee job security. Should there be site closures for the safety of public health, MBV and CFMEU have stated they should be jointly consulted to enable forward planning.
MBV is also working with the federal and state governments to consider stimulus packages which would benefit the industry, Victoria’s economy and our community.
The united delegation approached the Premier’s office on Wednesday to make their case for special consideration.
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