The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called for import restrictions to be slapped on companies found to have manufactured building products that do not comply with Australian Standards.
A media report in today’s Australian newspaper details legal action over a fire at an apartment building in Docklands, Melbourne. It is claimed the fire was the caused by unsafe imported building products.
The union said it was time the Federal Government took a hard line.
#standforsafety - Construction worker deaths up 64 per cent; families, workers, gather to commemorate International Workers Memorial Day
The number of construction workers who died on the job in Australia rose by 64 per cent in 2014.
The latest data from Safe Work Australia shows that last year, 28 workers in the construction industry alone died at work, compared to 17 in 2013.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union National President, Tony Maher, joined families who have lost loved ones due to workplace accidents, and injured workers, at a ceremony at the National Workers Memorial in Canberra, to commemorate International Workers’ Memorial Day.
Yesterday’s finding by the Fair Work Ombudsman that a group of exploited Chinese and Filipino workers will receive $873,000 in backpay after being exploited by their employer Chia Tung is welcome, but far more needs to be done to bring the company to account and achieve justice for the workers.
The CFMEU, who brought the workers’ plight to the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), said that given the extent of the abuses the company perpetrated against these vulnerable workers, the mere recovery of wages was not enough.