SOURCE: SafetyCulture.com.au | Reported by Haydee | 05:38pm, Tuesday 08 April, 2014
Master Electricians Australia on Thursday endorsed reforms to workplace health and safety laws in Queensland to ensure genuine safety concerns were prioritised “without being abused for industrial purposes.”
MEA chief executive Malcolm Richards welcomed the passage of the new laws through Parliament.
“There’s no doubt we need a strong workplace safety regime, to ensure every worker on every Queensland building site goes home to his or her family at the end of the day,” said Mr Richards.
“However, this very important safety regime has been hijacked in recent years as a tool for union bullying and industrial point scoring. Building unions have used obscure parts of the previous law to cause significant delays to major projects, and as the basis for spurious right of entry claims.
“This approach not only threatens productivity and job creation in the industry, but it creates complacency around safety issues. We commend the Queensland Government for moving to adopt a practical and balanced stance.”
The new laws will mean:
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