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COVID-19 – Building & Construction Industry Update 2021

COVID-19 – Building & Construction Industry Update 2021

January 15, 2021

Update on Face Masks

EFFECTIVE: MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY 17TH JANUARY 

Face masks will no longer be required to be worn on construction sites, however – our Industry COVID-19 Guidelines still require workers to carry face masks at all times and wear them in hoists/lifts and where physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

*This updates and overrides earlier advice that face masks must be worn
indoors on building and construction sites and in offices, crib rooms and amenities.

The total number of workers permitted on site at any one time is subject to a density quotient of one person per two square metres in common areas – this includes offices, crib rooms and amenities.

Locations where face masks are still mandatory in the state of VICTORIA include:

On public transport
Riding in a taxi/ride share
Shopping centres and indoor markets
Large retail stores
Domestic flights and airports
Hospitals
 

We are committed to continue leading workers safely through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority has always been to protect the safety and livelihoods of our members, their families, and the broader community.

Please remember the COVID-safe practices we have put in place.

The work you are doing is vital. Be proud to be union and proud to lead the recovery of our economy.

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Current DHHS Guidelines: January 2021

Current DHHS Guidelines: January 2021

January 12, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has provided the following information to our industry ahead of tomorrow, Wednesday 13th January 2021, when the majority of Victorian worksites will re-open after the festive season.

All members of Victoria’s building, development and construction industry (unless exempted) must:

Carry a face mask and wear it when indoors (except when eating or drinking). Indoors means when entering any enclosed area such as an office, hoist or lift, crib room or ablutions.

Wear a face mask in other situations outdoors when you cannot physically distance 1.5 metres.
Continue to wash your hands and sanitise frequently.

And, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms – STAY HOME AND GET TESTED.

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Current Industry Guidelines: December 2020

Current Industry Guidelines: December 2020

December 10, 2020

Please click the link below to view the latest Coronavirus Guidelines for the Building and Construction Industry in Victoria. 

What it means for you

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Victorian Government announcement on easing of restrictions

Victorian Government announcement on easing of restrictions

December 6, 2020

Today the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced further easing on COVID-19 restrictions. The main outcomes of this announcement for our industry are:

From 11:59pm tonight (6th December) masks must be carried at all times, but are no longer required in indoor spaces other than shopping centres, public transport, rideshare vehicles (taxis/Ubers) and large retail stores (eg Bunnings). However, it is strongly recommended that if you cannot physically distance that you continue to wear a mask.

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Construction returns to 100% workforce capacity

Construction returns to 100% workforce capacity

November 2, 2020

100% workforce capacity. Site visit limit on specialist contractors removed. Other additional obligations remain in place.

From 11.59 on Sunday, November 8:

Employers must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place for each workplace/site and ensure that employees comply with those plans including physical distancing and face mask requirements.

A Permitted Worker Permit is only required for workers who need to travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria (in both directions) for work.

Read the VIC Gov construction sector guidance here:  https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-sector-guidance-construction

Read what the latest restrictions mean for construction and business here: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/what-the-latest-restrictions-announcement-means-for-business-20201025-p568be.html

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An important message for all Hazaragi and Dari speaking construction workers

An important message for all Hazaragi and Dari speaking construction workers

September 28, 2020
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An important message for Chinese construction workers

An important message for Chinese construction workers

September 28, 2020
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The Victorian Government releases the roadmap to reopen construction

The Victorian Government releases the roadmap to reopen construction

September 6, 2020

We will be at 85% from September 28th and ready for the green light to move to 100% capacity shortly after.

Be proud to be union and proud to lead the recovery of our economy.

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Setka demands construction workers be allowed to return to their jobs

Setka demands construction workers be allowed to return to their jobs

September 4, 2020

Article as seen in The Age- by Nick Bonyhady

“As the backbone of this country, the 300,000 plus Victorian construction workers across all sectors must go back to work now,” Mr Setka wrote in the public letter.

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John Setka’s letter to the Premier and Chief Health Officer

John Setka’s letter to the Premier and Chief Health Officer

September 4, 2020

CFMEU VIC put forward a strong case to the government to get our members back to work. 

See John Setka’s letter to the Premier and Chief Health Officer here

News coverage across Channel 7 below: