Eleven unions and industry employers across Victoria’s building and construction sector have united in their calls for industry to adhere to recommended safety procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The united group consists of Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA), Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Electrical Trades Union (ETU), Master Builders Victoria (MBV), Master Plumbers, National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU), Property Council Victoria and the Urban Development Institute of Australia [Victoria] (UDIA).
Urging the industry to treat the situation seriously and of the highest importance, the organisations stressed 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 immediately and followed dutifully by all employers and employees.
The united group will continue to follow guidelines from both the Federal and Victorian Governments, which confirms that stage two restrictions do not apply to construction sites and electrical and plumbing services, as these are considered essential activities.
As vital constituents of the economy, it is critical that all stakeholders of the building and construction industry work together to ensure the protection of employers, workers, their families and our 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.