Building industry campaign under way

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Building industry campaign under way

The first shots have been fired in the CFMEU’s campaign to secure new enterprise agreement gains for all building workers in NSW.

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The first shots have been fired in the CFMEU’s campaign to secure new enterprise agreement gains for all building workers in NSW.

The majority of building industry agreements are due to expire at the end of September, and the wages claims this time around begin at 15% per year.

In a Press Release dated 10 September 1997, Construction Division Secretary, Mr Andrew Ferguson, declared a half day strike and Union Rally for 1 October 1997.

However, on the same day, notices to initiate ‘bargaining periods’ under the Workplace Relations Act 1996were sent to a large number of commercial builders and contractors requesting that they contact the Union to commence negotiations.

The genuineness of the CFMEU’s tactics was questioned in proceedings before McIntyre VP in the Federal Commission on Friday morning (12 September), with building employers arguing that ‘genuine negotiations’ should be under way before any industrial action is undertaken.

The declaration of intention to take industrial action seems little more than a public exhibition of industrial muscle flexing, designed to intimidate unwary building employers into acquiescing to the CFMEU’s claims.

 

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