A coalition of Trade Unions and Industry Associations have joined together to develop comprehensive industry-wide guidelines for managing the risks associated with COVID-19 on Western Australian construction sites.
The guidelines will be regularly updated and made widely available within the Building and Construction Industry.
CFMEU State Secretary, Mick Buchan, praised the work that all the organisations involved had put in and the way in which so many Unions and Industry Associations had put aside differences in the interests of protecting and supporting the whole WA construction sector.
"In the end, we're all part of one industry and we need to protect it for everyone's sake" Mr Buchan said.
"We've been working closely with individual builders and reputable industry bodies to make sure our industry stays running. But we've said all along that it can only be that way if it's done right."
"These industry guidelines show what can be done when people work together to protect and promote a fair, safe, profitable and secure industry for everyone involved."
A copy of the new guidelines can be downloaded from the CFMEU website at wa.cfmeu.org.au/file/covid-19-wa-construction-industry-guidelines.
In response to the increased need for help and advice at the moment, CFMEU WA will be trialling extending our office hours to 6.30pm Mon-Thur for the next few weeks.
You can visit the office at 80 Beaufort St Perth or call us on (08) 9228 6900 between 8:00am and 6:30pm Monday to Thursday or between 8:00am and 5:00pm Friday.
We’ll have two Organisers available to take calls and answer any questions about workplace and industrial issues, COVID-19 and your rights, health and safety enquiries, and to process payments and update your member details as needed.
We’re working with both Government and Industry to try and ensure that construction in WA continues as well and as safely as possible during this time. We’re constantly reviewing our position and will let you know immediately of any directives or advice we receive regarding your safety.
We’re here if you need us.