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.”