MBA calls for responsible union

THE Master Builders Association has repeated calls for the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to exercise responsible leadership.

The MBA call comes after the CFMEU threatened to take forty-eight hour strike action on any building site where the police were called to prevent a union official from gaining entry.

The union has also threatened to organise twenty-four hour strikes on other building sites where it has union members in protest.

MBA director Michael McLean said that threatening an industrial campaign was destabilising and sent the wrong message to investors, builders and building workers.

“The union hierarchy seems to be going out of its way to disrupt some projects in the lead up to union and State elections,” Mr McLean said.

“If the CFMEU was trying to demonstrate its relevance and strength, it went about it the wrong way. The best way for the CFMEU to gain entry to building projects was to communicate responsibly and work in harmony with builders – not use bully boy tactics,” he said.

“With a shortage of some building trades and the uncertainly created by the GST, the CFMEU leadership has a role to play by stabilising the industry and representing its members in a responsible manner,” Mr McLean said.

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