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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.

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Media Release: CFMEU COVID-19 SITE SAFETY

Media Release: CFMEU COVID-19 SITE SAFETY

March 24, 2020

Construction sites must adhere to safety & hygiene practices

The CFMEU National Construction Division is calling on builders to adhere to the enhanced health and safety and hygiene practices that are necessary to combat the spread of coronavirus, as some union members report workplaces that are failing to properly comply.

“Maintaining the health and safety of construction workers is our absolute priority during this pandemic crisis and we need the entire industry to act responsibly and collectively to minimise the risk of infection on worksites,” said Dave Noonan, CFMEU National Construction Secretary.

“The union has heard from members that some worksites are not changing their practices or setups to meet the hygiene and safety measures that have been advised by medical authorities and mandated by the government.”

“This is not good enough. It is essential that the industry maintain all of the health and hygiene precautions that are required for construction workers to remain safe at work.”

“Members who are concerned that correct hygiene and safety practices are not being followed on worksites should contact the union immediately.”

“This includes measures like frequent hand washing; it means proper social distancing; it could mean the staggering of meal breaks; and, it may mean some situations where shifts are implemented in order to minimise the number of workers on sites in working areas at any one time.”

“All the amenities areas on sites such as lunchrooms, break rooms, and toilet areas need to be kept scrupulously clean and we need repeated cleaning on sites to ensure there is minimal opportunity for the virus to spread.”

“If our members believe that is not happening, if that there are breaches of hygiene or over- crowding on sites it is important they let the union know and we will come to the job.”

“It is absolutely critical that if anyone in the industry believes they may have the virus they must self-isolate and seek medical advice immediately.”

“The shut down of the construction industry would be devastating to workers and the economy. The key to keeping workers safe and the industry functioning and able to support all its people is enacting stringent health and safety protocols immediately.”

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Media Release: CFMEU VIC/TAS & MASTER BUILDERS

Media Release: CFMEU VIC/TAS & MASTER BUILDERS

March 18, 2020

Collaborative Partnership Pathway for Construction Industry

The leadership duopoly of John Setka, Secretary CFMEU VIC/TAS branch and Rebecca Casson, CEO Master Builders Victoria (MBV) agree that during these challenging times, in the spirit of industry co-operation, it is critical that all stakeholders work together to ensure the protection of both workers and the building and construction industry.

The MBV and CFMEU VIC/TAS are committed to working together to ensure there is a pipeline of work in place for the building and construction industry, to guarantee jobs are kept, as far as is reasonably practicable and businesses remain solvent. Additionally, considerable measures must be made by the State Government to consider the protection of the building and construction industry, which contributes to 45% of tax revenue for the state.

It is essential that decisions made in relation to building and construction sites are done so in the context of a rigorous understanding of the environment in which people work, and that the controls that are currently in place are being implemented. The building and construction environment is significantly different from many others, with the ability to socially distance on sites and isolate groups.

Mr Setka and Ms Casson also agree that special consideration be given to the building and construction industry in regard to blanket closures related to COVID-19. Both parties are committed to not only protecting community health, but also limiting the broader community impact if the industry is brought to a standstill. However, if there is a requirement for a site closure, or closures, due to community health reasons, the MBV and CFMEU VIC/TAS should be jointly consulted to enable forward planning.

Mr Setka and Ms Casson 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.

The CFMEU and MBV joined a united delegation including the AMWU, CCF, ETU, Master Plumbers, NECA, PPTEU this afternoon to put this case forward to the Premier’s office. A detailed copy of the recommendations is available upon request.

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