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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:

 

 

 

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FAQ’s on JobKeeper, being stood down and redundancies

FAQ’s on JobKeeper, being stood down and redundancies

August 14, 2020

I have been stood down for the next few weeks. My employer has indicated that we will be back to work and on site, so this is not a redundancy. What should I do and what am I entitled to during this time?

  • Keep in touch with your employer so they can have you back at work when restrictions are eased.
  • You can apply for the Incolink Covid-19 payment of $2,000 per month or $1,000 per month for apprentices, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed. You can still receive this payment even if you are receiving JobKeeper.
  • You have the option of applying for any annual leave owing, this will be paid directly by your employer.
  • You may also receive JobKeeper payments if your employer meets the eligibility criteria, or, if you are self employed (contractor) you can apply directly to the ATO for JobKeeper.

I have been made redundant. My former employer has indicated that we will not be back to work. What should I do and what am I entitled to?

  • In the case you are made redundant, you can claim up to $8,000 a month through your Incolink redundancy entitlement, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed.
  • You may qualify for Job Seeker payments if you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • If you have concerns about your redundancy and whether it is genuine speak with your union delegate or Fair Work.
  • As you have now been made redundant, some insurances with Incolink may no longer be available to you. You can find out details about COVID-19 and your Incolink entitlements here: https://incolink.org.au/workers/covid-19-information-for-members
  • Note: Under the Fair Work Act, an employer cannot make their employee redundant with the intent to rehire them in 6 weeks’ time.

My employer is eligible and is receiving JobKeeper payments. I am working full time. What should my salary be?

  • If you are working your regular full-time hours, your employer needs to be paying you your full wage.
  • If your employer is receiving the JobKeeper payment of $750 a week, they must still pay you the difference to make up your normal salary.

My site has been temporarily shut down. My employer has asked me to take my Annual Leave during this time. Is my employer allowed to do this?

  • Your Employer can ask you to take Annual Leave down to a minimum balance of 2 weeks.
  • Employees cannot unreasonably refuse, but should a member have a genuine reason they do not want to use their accrued entitlements they should raise this with the Union.
  • If your employer is eligible and receiving JobKeeper, and you are also eligible, you should be receiving your JobKeeper payment of $750 a week. If you are not working during this time, you can ask that your pay is topped up to your ordinary weekly wage by deducting from your accrued entitlements.
  • You can also apply for the Incolink Covid-19 payment of $2,000 per month or $1,000 per month for apprentices, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed. You can still receive this payment even if you are receiving JobKeeper.
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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

August 10, 2020

Your union is working for YOU. 

We are driving solutions for the government to keep our industry going through Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria, but at the end of the day, the decision is theirs, not ours.

While the office is closed, our members department is working and here to help.

Call us (03) 9341 3444

Part of protecting you is having safety nets.

Here are yours:

Incolink (Income Protection)
Cbus (Superannuation)
CoINVEST (Long Service Leave)

If you are stood down:

• You have the option of applying for any annual leave owing, this will be paid directly by your employer.

• If your site closes or you are stood down due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can access the Incolink COVID-19 payment. You can apply for the Incolink Covid-19 payment of $2,000 per month or $1,000 per month for apprentices, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed.
You will need to re-apply every 28 days here: https://incolink.org.au/workers/covid-19-information-for-members

If you are made Redundant:

• In the case you are made redundant, you can claim up to $8,000 a month through your Incolink redundancy entitlement, providing your account balance covers the amount being claimed. You need to re-apply every 28 days here: https://incolink.org.au/workers/worker-entitlements#incolink-redundancy-account

Other entitlements you may be eligible for:

JobKeeper:
• If your employer is eligible, you may be entitled to a JobKeeper payment of $1,500 per fortnight. Speak to your employer to see if this option is available.

• If you are self-employed, speak directly to the ATO to see if you are eligible for JopKeeper: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/JobKeeper-Payment/Sole-traders/

JobSeeker:
• In the case that you find yourself out of work you can apply for JobSeeker. If you are eligible you can receive $1,100 per fortnight.
Apply here:
https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/jobseeker-payment/how-claim#dc-52713-s-208060 

Early super withdrawal:
• $10,000 is available to withdraw until December 31st. Please consider this option carefully. Apply through my.gov.au 
(If you don’t have $10,000 in your account, you can access what you have but it’s important to understand that if you take out the balance of your superannuation you will lose all your insurances and effectively close your account down. This means when you go back to work you will have no Death and Total Permanent Disability insurance.)

To learn more, go to: https://www.cbussuper.com.au/about-us/news/cbus-news/cbus-response-to-covid-19 or discuss your options with a VIC Cbus coordinator on 1300 361 784.
Or contact the ATO to confirm your eligibility for early super withdrawal here:
https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/super/in-detail/withdrawing-and-using-your-super/covid-19-early-release-of-super/

Long Service Leave:
• All construction workers within the state of Victoria are covered by the CoINVEST Long Service Leave scheme. If you have accrued 7 years of service with CoINVEST and have more than 5 days of service in your account you may apply to claim your long service leave. You are only eligible if you have at least 7 years accrued service with CoINVEST.

You can check your balance and claim online – log in or register here https://www.coinvest.com.au/

Our priority is YOU.
Stay Safe, Stay Strong.
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Our top priority is your safety and job security. We are working through the government’s announcements as quickly as possible

Our top priority is your safety and job security. We are working through the government’s announcements as quickly as possible

August 4, 2020

“Be assured, your union is working for you. 

Your safety and your job security is our number one priority.”

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CFMEU Branded Masks Now Available

COVID-19: MASKS NEED TO BE WORN ON-SITE

July 22, 2020

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, all construction workers in the Melbourne lockdown area will be required to wear a face mask at work.*

This new rule begins at midnight tonight (Wednesday July 22, 2020).

As with all PPE, your employer must provide you with this safety equipment. You can also make your own if you’d prefer.

This new rule is in addition to the requirement to wear a mask when out in public (like getting to and from work, or at smoko).

If you need more info, visit the DHHS website.

* Some exemptions may apply in certain medical and OHS situations.

NOTE: This information is correct at the time of publication (July 22, 2020). As the situation with coronavirus is changing every day, please be sure to refresh this page for updates and to also check our home page, or our Facebook

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12,000 onsite COVID-19 tests completed so far

12,000 onsite COVID-19 tests completed so far

July 23, 2020

The CFMEU & Incolink have now hit the massive milestone of delivering over 12,000 onsite COVID-19 tests, with ONLY 4 positives results from this testing.

That’s just 0.00033% of positives on sites.

As an industry, we will continue to drive testing, supporting the community to get through this together.

Further to this, these results show that construction will remain operational. Our members are doing the right thing by each other and following all safety guidelines.

We thank them for that.

How is COVID-19 testing delivered?

  1. Employers or site representatives complete an expression of interest via the Incolink Bus form on this page.
  2. Test delivery date is organised with the site
  3. Individuals on site are scheduled for testing and attend their appointment
  4. Individuals will receive a result within 48 hours.

Any worker showing symptoms of COVID-19 must not attend work.

Call 03 9668 3067 or email onsitetesting@incolink.org.au to get a testing bus at your site. 

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If you’re sick, stay home. If you’re not, your boss needs to provide you with a mask.

If you’re sick, stay home. If you’re not, your boss needs to provide you with a mask.

July 23, 2020
A face mask is PPE.
 
Your boss must provide you with PPE.

If they don’t, contact us straight away.
 
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New COVID-19 guidelines for Victorian building and construction industry

New COVID-19 guidelines for Victorian building and construction industry

July 14, 2020

An updated version (V5) of the Guidelines For The Building And Construction Industry Victoria was released on July 14, 2020 and is available for download.

The updated Guidelines include policies for the following areas:

Temperature Testing

The best protection from COVID-19 is to keep it off building and constructions sites. All sites are to undertake a risk assessment to determine if temperature screening is a reasonably practical/suitable control for the site.
 
 
Face Masks
 
The Chief Health Officer and the DHHS has now recommended that adults in the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Mitchell Shire wear a face mask when outsideof their home if it is difficult to keep 1.5 meters apart from other people.
 
For building and construction sites the practicality of this new advice is simple. Use masks when: 
  • Travelling to and from work where you cannot physically distance and on public transport
  • Travelling in a hoist or lift
  • In a confined space. Any uncertainty should be clarified with a health and safety representative
  • Travelling in a vehicle with other people
  • Operating an item of plant with  another person.

More details are available in the Guidelines.

About the Guidelines

The Guidelines were created by the CFMEU along with other relevant unions and industry groups.

The Guidelines provide 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.

These Guidelines have been adopted and agreed between the unions and the industry associations involved in their development, and incorporate the “Best practice for managing construction sites in the coronavirus environment” issued by the Victorian state government on 29 March 2020.

We have endeavoured to take a whole of industry approach and the Guidelines should not be limited to any particular sector.

Click Here For Download (Version 5, July 14)

Click here for the further detail on face masks and temperature testing 

NOTE: These Guidelines were correct at the time of publication (July 14, 2020). As the situation with Coronavirus is changing every day, please be sure to refresh this page for updates and to also check our home page, Facebook page or dedicated portal.