Submissions mount against abolition of ABCC

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Submissions mount against abolition of ABCC

Employers are increasing their push to block the legislation designed to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

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Employers are increasing their push to block the legislation designed to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission.

The Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill 2011 is currently in Federal Parliament.

Legislation to create the new Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate to regulate the building and construction industry was introduced into Parliament on 3 November 2011.

Joint submission
 
Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the Australian Constructors Association will lodge a joint submission to the Senate Committee inquiry into the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Amendment (Transition to Fair Work) Bill.

The Australian Parliament has a responsibility to ensure a ‘strong cop on the beat’ is maintained in the building and construction industries, says the Business Council of Australia’s acting chief executive Maria Tarrant.

‘At a time of great economic uncertainty, it is vital to ensure that recent improvements in the industrial climate and the stability of the industries are maintained,’ she said.

‘The primary value of a regulator like the ABCC is to make sure industrial practices are lawful and appropriate. These industries have a history of problems involving intimidation and violence, and nobody wants to see these practices creeping back.’

Heather Ridout, Ai Group chief executive said ‘The Government’s Bill to abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC) should be rejected by Parliament. The ABCC is carrying out a vital role and is needed today as much as ever. Those who comply with the law have nothing to fear from the ABCC and the existing legislation.’

Federal Opposition
 
Referring to comments by John Lloyd, director work reform and productivity at the Institute of Public Affairs, the Federal Opposition joined the chorus: ‘Labor’s abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission is politically motivated, to appease the union bosses who want to be back in charge of building sites around Australia,’ Senator Abetz said.
 
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