14/11/2013 - 14:20

HIA welcomes reinstatement of ABCC

14/11/2013 - 14:20


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The Housing Industry of Australia has welcomed the reinstatement of the Australian Building and Construction Commission and believes it is essential in boosting Australia’s productivity.

HIA welcomes reinstatement of ABCC

The Housing Industry Association has welcomed the reinstatement of the Australian Building and Construction Commission, saying it is essential to boost Australia’s productivity.

The Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013 will re-establish the ABCC to stamp out lawlessness and improve productivity on building sites.

“Workers deserve to be able to work each day without fear of being harassed, intimidated or the subject of violence,” Employment Minister Eric Abetz said.

HIA spokesperson David Humphrey believed it was necessary to have the ABCC ensuring law and order prevails at building sites.

“The re-emergence of pattern bargaining, the black-banning of certain suppliers and manufacturers, and the use of standover tactics against independent contractors and other non-EBA businesses are unacceptable in a modern economy and should not be tolerated in the building industry,” Mr Humphrey said.

“Accordingly, HIA now urges both houses of parliament to support the legislation to ensure the swift return of a strong and effective industry watchdog.” 

The Bill intends to:

  • improve the bargaining framework to ensure negotiations are sensible and productive;
  • extend coverage of the ABCC’s powers to offshore construction sites;
  • prohibit coercion and discrimination;
  • deliver significant penalties for unlawful action; and
  • provide the regulator with strong but transparent coercive powers.



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