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  1. Wages Woes

    The ABCC has issued a warning to construction sector employers covered by EBAs about not paying wages above the stated EBA wage rates. Such measures can be viewed as unregistered agreements and non-2016 Code compliant by the ABCC, even if done unintentionally. Contact Kim Richardson at Master Builders to discuss, if in doubt.

  2. Superannuation Fund Fiasco

    The Federal Government this week introduced a Bill strengthening APRA’s powers to investigate superannuation funds, following revelations unions have received about $53m in payments from these funds with little, if any, detail on why or what for. This adds to other reports that show 14 major unions receive an average of about $25m annually from employee entitlement funds like redundancy and superannuation. The CFMEU is said to have received about $75m nationally.

  3. Future of the WA Code

    Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, Bill Johnston, has advised Master Builders he is considering the future of the WA Code, particularly the protection its provides sub-contractors. The Minister has committed to working with Master Builders on the matter, given its importance to industry. Notably, last week’s State Budget did not contain any funding for the BCCMU.

  4. Help is at Hand

    Master Builders understands the ABCC in WA is about to ramp up its wages enforcement duties under its governing legislation. Contractors are reminded they can contact Kim Richardson at Master Builders for assistance, if faced with matters of this type.

  5. Worksafe Weighs In

    Worksafe has charged a transport company and senior employee following the double fatality at an East Perth construction site in late 2015. Worksafe successfully prosecuted a roofing contractor for failing to provide a safe work environment, which resulted in a worker falling through a roof. Fines of $70,000 were imposed.

  6. Safety Alert

    Contractors are reminded they can call Master Builders on 9476 9800 for assistance on safety issues. With the McGowan Government increasing penalties under the OSH laws and major safety reforms planned for 2019, which will likely include industrial manslaughter, contractors need to take steps now as a risk minimisation strategy.