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Prime Minister Scott Morrison Speaks on the Importance of the Construction Industry

Prime Minister Scott Morrison Speaks on the Importance of the Construction Industry

April 3, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks on FOX FM detailing the importance of the construction industry especially during COVID-19. 

‘Social distancing can be practised on construction sites whether they are residential or commercial- this keeps the economy going, it keeps people in work, it keeps supporting people through this…this is an important part of the economy’

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CFMEU VIC/TAS Construction & General Secretary John Setka speaks with 3AW’s Tom Elliott

CFMEU VIC/TAS Construction & General Secretary John Setka speaks with 3AW’s Tom Elliott

April 1, 2020


• “Health and safety is our priority…that’s first and foremost”

• “We’re guided by regulations and the Chief Medical Officer’s advice and that’s what we go by”

• “Disinfecting amenities on a regular basis, practising social distancing on site…staggered lunch breaks”

• “It’s actually not business as usual: a lot of things have changed on building sites…staggered starting times to avoid that rush and congregation of large groups of people”

• “As an industry, we got together with all the employer organisations, ourselves, all the construction unions and all the health and safety experts… with recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer on how we combat this”

• “We’d rather go the extra mile and be safer…”

• “We haven’t put the economy or profits ahead of health and safety. If we thought this wasn’t good enough or was dangerous to any of our members, we’d shut it down ourselves.”

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CFMEU National Secretary Dave Noonan Speaks with 2GB’s Alan Jones regarding Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Measures

CFMEU National Secretary Dave Noonan Speaks with 2GB’s Alan Jones regarding Construction Industry COVID-19 Safety Measures

April 1, 2020

• “The construction industry employs over a million Australians and is a survival engine of the national economy”

• “Safety has to come first in respect to our members”

• “Construction workers, sub-contractors and the head contractors, have a lot of experience in managing risk. The whole industry is about managing risk, including safety”

• “A lot of measures have been put in place in construction sites right around Australia. Social distancing, staggering starting times and meal breaks to minimise the number of people in crib huts or amenities areas”

• “A historic sense of cooperation with the Master Builders Association and the CFMEU… We’ve signed, on this occasion a joint statement about our determination to ensure a safe industry but one, also, that keeps over a million working Australians in work at a time where our economy is absolutely getting smashed”

• “Everyone has got to work together in the industry…We are working under the instructions of the Chief Health Officer, state by state and federally”

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Media Statement: Second Diagnosis

Media Statement: Second Diagnosis

March 31, 2020

A worker on a South Melbourne Multiplex Construction site has been diagnosed with COVID-19.  

A week ago, the worker’s partner was unwell, displaying symptoms of COVID-19. She was subsequently tested and received a positive diagnosis. 

After his partner was diagnosed, the worker immediately self-isolated. Upon showing symptoms, he was also tested and received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 at 6:00pm, Monday 30th March.

Following the ‘Confirmed Covid-19 Case Process’ in line with recommendations provided by the Chief Health Officer and DHHS, he immediately contacted his employer, who then contacted the construction company, Multiplex, who notified the CFMEU, PPTEU, ETU and the AMWU. The site was immediately shut down and DHHS was made aware. 

All workers on this site were notified and the entire site was thoroughly sanitised by professional cleaners. It was also then cleaned by a forensic cleaning company with Multiplex, the CFMEU, PPTEU, ETU and AMWU taking all measures to protect the safety of all construction workers. 

After an investigation from DHHS, only two of these workers were identified as having been in close contact with the individual and are now in self isolation for the next 14-days.

 

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INCOLINK COVID-19 PAYMENT FAQ’S

INCOLINK COVID-19 PAYMENT FAQ’S

March 28, 2020

Please see below for all important questions regarding Incolink COVID-19 payments

Q. Do we need to reapply for the GRA with the merger of the two accounts?
A. No, you don’t, and you also no longer have to wait 14 days. If you were in the Severance Account, there was no option to claim this tax free. Now, you can if you are made redundant. Also, Initial Claims were capped at $5,673 and this has been increased to up to $8,000.

Q. Why can’t I get my GRA tax free money now?
A. If you are made redundant and wish to receive your tax-free GRA, you will need to wait a short period while the accounts are merged into a single account. The merge is taking place to make it simpler for workers and for Incolink to accommodate for all the COVID-19 hardship payments.

Q. Can I get hardship payments if I’m forced into isolation or stood down by my employer under government direction and how much will I get?
A. Yes, you can receive the COVID-19 Hardship payment of $2,000 if you have to self-isolate or if you are stood down. And it is taxed at the ATO rate of 32%. You can re-apply for this every 28-days if you continue to be eligible.

Q. Why do I have to pay 32% tax on a hardship payment if I have to self-isolate or am stood down?
A. Because it is Federal Government Law.

Q. Will my account balance be affected by any of these changes?
A. No, this is your money and your balance will only reduce if you make a claim to withdraw any of your funds.

Q. Why have Incolink merged the Severance & Genuine Redundancy Accounts?
A. Incolink is simply moving to one account to make it easier and fairer for workers and had to do this as part of making the Incolink COVID-19 payments available. The tax that a worker pays doesn’t change; genuine redundancies are still tax-free. However, due to the system change, until the 24th April, Incolink have to withhold tax of 32%. After the 24th April, all genuine redundancies will continue to be tax-free. Incolink will support workers to get their tax back at tax time.

Q. Why do we have to wait until 24th April to get the genuine redundancy benefit of the new merged account?
A. Incolink are working around the clock to merge these accounts as quickly as possible and ensure all members get paid correctly. We will keep you notified of the process at all times.

Q. Will the creation of a single account affect my claim if I am made redundant?
A. No, the merging of the accounts means you will no longer have to wait for the usual 14-days to move from a severance account to a redundancy account, in order to receive your claim. Those who previously were in a severance account can also now apply for a genuine redundancy payment with no tax.

Q. Does taxing the hardship payment benefit Incolink?
A. No, Incolink withholds and pays this tax to the ATO twice weekly as this is federal government law. There is no financial benefit to Incolink at all.

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Incolink COVID-19 Payment Changes and Information

Incolink COVID-19 Payment Changes and Information

March 27, 2020

We are here for you whenever you need us through this uncertain period, as your safety net. 

The Incolink COVID-19 payment is available. Please click below button for all detailed information. 

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Coronavirus: Construction firms stagger shifts on building sites to keep tradies safe

Coronavirus: Construction firms stagger shifts on building sites to keep tradies safe

March 26, 2020

Building sites are operating under new regulations to ensure workers stick to social distancing guidelines.


The biggest construction companies are splitting break times and locations as well as staggering shifts to keep works across the country running and on schedule.


The sector employs 1.2 million people and is among the biggest provider of full-time jobs in the national economy.

Construction companies have also suspended all domestic travel and totally banned international travel. Face-to-face training has also been axed.

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Media Release: CFMEU and Construction Companies Follow Solid Plan for Coronavirus Diagnosis

Media Release: CFMEU and Construction Companies Follow Solid Plan for Coronavirus Diagnosis

March 26, 2020

A Melbourne construction worker has tested positive for COVID-19, with the CFMEU and the relevant construction company working together to immediately implement necessary procedures to mitigate any further cases.

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Building and Construction Industry Working Party Guidelines: COVID-19

Building and Construction Industry Working Party Guidelines: COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Guidelines for the Building and Construction industry in Victoria, providing direction to employers and workers, for the steps required to be taken to best provide a safe and healthy environment, and the actions available in the event of interruption to building and construction work, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Media Release: Building & Construction Industries COVID-19 Safety Message

Media Release: Building & Construction Industries COVID-19 Safety Message

March 25, 2020

Building and Construction Industry Employers and Unions Unite on COVID-19 Safety Message

The Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA), Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Electrical Trades Union (ETU), Master Builders Victoria (MBV), Master Plumbers, National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU), Property Council Victoria and the Urban Development Institute of Australia [Victoria] (UDIA) have united to send a strong message to the building and construction industry: Treat this situation very seriously and with the highest importance by adhering to all the recommended safety procedures.

The united group stress the need to follow appropriate measures and guidelines which stipulate strict hygiene practices, social distancing and separation of workers on meal breaks, in addition to other measures, to ensure sites can be kept safe and stay open.

Employer groups and unions have worked together to develop guidelines in line with government recommendations and they should be adhered to immediately and followed dutifully by all employers and employees.

The united group has and will continue to follow guidelines from both the National Cabinet and Victorian State Government, which confirms that stage two restrictions do not apply to construction sites and electrical and plumbing services – as these are considered essential activities.

As vital constituents of the economy, it is critical that all stakeholders of the building and construction industry work together to ensure the protection of employers, workers, their families and our community.

The group will continue to work with all relevant leadership and government bodies – including following the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer – to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their collective memberships and the community.