Kierath joins Buckeridge

BGC boss Len Buckeridge, who has never shied away from taking on the union movement, has taken on a kindred spirit – former State Industrial Relations Minister Graham Kierath –as the company’s new troubleshooter.

Mr Kierath said BGC had approached him more than a year ago, but plans to join the group were put on the back-burner after his wife, Patricia, battling cancer since 1993, became critically ill in June last year.

With Patricia’s health improving by the end of last year, Mr Kierath joined BGC at Commodore Homes before more recently taking on an appointment with BGC Corporate.

“My role is more like a troubleshooter. Its about providing advice on industrial relations as well as planning and Native Title issues,” Mr Kierath said.

“But most of my time is spent on industrial relations.”

Mr Kierath has been charged with taking the company through the maze of new industrial changes that seek to abolish individual workplace agreements, put in place by Mr Kierath when a minister in 1993.

He said that, for the moment, any push back into political life was not on the cards.

Mr Kierath caused a stir in March over comments made on Access 31 television that indicated he could be considering making a political comeback to replace Liberal leader Colin Barnett.

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