Vic decision to sign national building code 'regrettable' - unions

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Vic decision to sign national building code 'regrettable' - unions

The Victorian Government has signed the Federal Government’s National Building Code, much to the annoyance of the state’s union movement.

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The Victorian Government has signed the Federal Government’s National Building Code, much to the annoyance of the state’s union movement. 

Funding tied to IR compliance

The Code covers all construction projects that have Federal Government funding, which must now have industrial relations agreements that comply with the Federal Workplace Relations Act. 

‘It is regrettable that the State Government has been pushed into a corner by the Commonwealth’s blackmailing and bully-boy tactics,’ Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Leigh Hubbard said. 

‘This code is completely unnecessary. Victorian employers and workers have a sophisticated understanding and several major projects, such as the Docklands and Tullamarine, have been code compliant, carried out in a spirit of co-operation and delivered on time and on budget.’ 

The Victorian government held out signing the code, but has finally succumbed to pressure after all other states signed up to it, with $1.8 billion dollars in road funding alone under threat.  

‘At the end of the day we don’t think this decision will make much difference on the ground. It won’t make any difference to productivity like the Feds claim. It is simply a provocation to Victorian workers that could disrupt what already is an efficient system,’ Hubbard said. 

‘The Federal Government says it believes in enterprise bargaining but will not allow employers and workers to come to agreement.  

‘It is sticking its nose in where neither party wants them to. In fact it is using coercive tactics, which its own Workplace Relations Act prohibits. It seems reasonable to ask is the Government’s conduct breaking its own laws?’ he said. 

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