Friday, May 10th, 2013
NECA welcomes the coalition’s policy released today (9 May), and sees it as a step in the right direction, albeit a somewhat conservative first step.

“The key development that will help our industry is the reestablishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).  The demise of this body, under the labor government, led to a hike in building costs and was a real blow for productivity in the building and construction industry.  It also encouraged a return to lawlessness by some of the building industry unions – well documented in the Cole Royal Commission,” says James Tinslay, NECA Chief Executive.

NECA would like to see a tough, but fair, ‘policeman’ reinstated to ensure that union officials and employees comply with workplace laws.  As the provisions of the Fair Work Act have become more union-friendly ‘right of entry’ provisions have been widened and this has led to a reduced productivity.

NECA sees many benefits to the flexibility that comes with individual agreements and believes that with productive enterprise agreements employers, employees and unions can still work together to find solutions that work for all parties.  Too often today we have a ‘strike first’ approach to attempt to force the employer into submission over wage and condition claims.

“NECA supports the principle of protected actions as an employee right, as long as enterprise agreements are sensible and productivity-based.  As a result NECA supports the tightening of these laws,” adds James Tinslay.

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