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Setka speaks with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell regarding shut downs

Setka speaks with 3AW’s Neil Mitchell regarding shut downs

September 15, 2021

John Setka speaks to 3AW’s Neil  Mitchell regarding lockdowns and the risk of further closures 

CFMEU State Secretary John Setka remains adamant the “vast majority” of workers are doing the right thing and complying with COVID-19 rules.

“But we are a big industry – nearly 300,000 people,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“You’re never going to get everybody following the rules, but I’d like to think the vast majority are doing the right thing.”

Mr Setka welcomed the compliance blitz announced by government on Monday.

He said vaccination rates in the construction sector needed to improve, urging workers to “listen to experts” and not people on the internet.

“I find it insulting from some people that want to put all sorts of drugs in their body, do lines of whatever, smoke ice pipes, smoke 19,000 packets of cigarettes and then say they don’t want to be vaccinated,” Mr Setka said.

“I find it absolutely ridiculous, to be quite honest.

“But there are some people who have legitimate, genuine concerns, and you’ve got to respect that.”

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The CFMEU is advocating for the reopening of Gold Standard construction sites.

The CFMEU is advocating for the reopening of Gold Standard construction sites.

September 14, 2021

The CFMEU is advocating for the reopening of Gold Standard construction sites. In most cases, these are the large-scale commercial operations we do not see in the suburbs.

Only certain construction sites attain a gold standard, which is recognised and issued by the Vic Covid 19 taskforce.

Gold standard sites actively enforce some of the highest standard of workplace covid specific health and safety measures in the world.

Workers and builders on these jobs have gone to extreme measures to ensure the highest standard of covid safety on these sites.

The recent construction outbreaks have only occurred on sites without a gold standard.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the gold standard measures, during lock down 5, we saw a positive delta case on a gold standard construction site, this only spread to one other person on the site as it was quickly and easily contained by the implementation of the gold standard safety measures.

Worksafe Victoria have verified that gold standard construction sites have met 100% covid safety compliance. 

We are the first industry in Australia to deliver on-site vaccinations with the aim of delivering a minimum 30,000 by year-end. The industry is currently conducting site surveys of vaccination rates and all early results so far have been above 60% mark.