65-year-old CEO should support mature workers: union

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65-year-old CEO should support mature workers: union

The CFMEU is today asking the 65-year-old head of a construction company to lead the push to create more jobs for mature workers in the industry.

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The CFMEU is today asking the 65-year-old head of a construction company to lead the push to create more jobs for mature workers in the industry.
 
The union is campaigning to have quotas of mature age workers on major building projects. 
 
CFMEU construction division national secretary Dave Noonan said the union would approach Leightons CEO Wal King at the company’s AGM in Sydney today, saying he had a golden opportunity to stand up for his generation of workers. 
 
‘King has worked for Leighton his whole career, Noonan said.
 
‘The same cannot be said for hundreds of mature-age construction workers, who are thrown on the scrap heap like broken toys.’
 
Job for life
 
‘A construction career should be for life, not one that ends when you turn 50. King still has a job in the construction industry, presumably because he makes a valued contribution to the company. So should thousands of other workers his age.’
 
Noonan said many of the jobs once reserved for mature age workers — gatemen, traffic control, hoist driver, nipper or peggie are now going to labour-hire, and often to backpackers.’ 
 
‘King should support the union’s stand for mature-age construction workers and take a lead on tackling Australia’s demographic time bomb,’ he said.
 
The CFMEU is calling on the board of Leighton Holdings to audit the number of mature- age workers on all of its projects including the $3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Plan and the $152 million Hunter rail works. 
 
The CFMEU construction and general division said the percentage of mature-age workers in the construction industry is below the share of older workers employed across the workforce.
 
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