CFMEU and MBA join forces during COVID-19 outbreak
The Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) National Construction Division and Master Builders Australia (MBA) have joined forces to help ensure the construction industry remains strong during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Both organisations are working to sustain millions of workers dependent upon the industry throughout the economic hardships caused by the coronavirus.
As a union and employer group, the organisations are working cooperatively to keep people safe at work, while calling on governments and banks to support the industry and its people through the uncertainty ahead.
In a statement, the organisations said the construction industry accounts for around 10 per cent of the Australian GDP and employs 1.2 million people – around 9.1 per cent of the whole workforce.
The statement said that the health and wellbeing of everyone in the building and construction industry is a priority. This means ensuring the building and construction industry is kept as strong as possible through these times.
It adds that the industry has the capacity to work through health and safety mechanisms to enact social distancing policies in workplaces along with heightened safety measures to protect workers and reduce the risk of infection.
Article first published on Inside Construction.