New Safety Laws To Give Unions Greater Control

Posted 1 August 2018

New Safety Laws To Give Unions Greater Control

31 July 2018

New Safety Laws To Give Unions Greater Control

The ACT Government today passed amendments to the ACT Work Health and Safety Act 2011 which will give unions greater control over work sites and do little to improve safety.

Master Builders ACT CEO, Michael Hopkins said, “The MBA is disappointed that the ACT Government has ignored the concerns of industry and has moved the ACT away from the national WHS laws for the first time in 10 years.”

“The ACT Government has chosen to politicise safety rather than engage collaboratively with the local industry to implement measures which would respond to the recent RMIT review of ACT safety practices”, said Mr Hopkins.

Mr Hopkins said, “These laws give greater control to unions on worksites under the false premise that a union presence will guarantee safer work sites.”

“Safety should never be used to prosecute industrial relations or other agendas”, he said.

Mr Hopkins said, “Evidence shows that the most effective way to improve safety is for industry and Government to work together to improve safety culture, supported by WorkSafe ACT as a strong independent regulator.”

“Because of the efforts of previous ACT Safety Ministers and industry working together, safety on building sites had improved and this has been acknowledge by the Minister. These laws will take the ACT back ten years”, he said.

For further information please contact Master Builders ACT:

Michael Hopkins, CEO, 0418 984 594

Karen Freer, Marketing Manager, 0437 955 923


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