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Unions unite for safety protocols

Construction unions have united to form appropriate safety measures and guidelines amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

11 unions have sent a message to the building and construction industry to treat COVID-19 with the utmost importance by adhering to all recommended safety produces.

The group comprises the Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA), Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Electrical Trades Union (ETU), Master Builders Victoria (MBV), Master Plumbers, National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU), Property Council Victoria and the Urban Development Institute of Australia [Victoria] (UDIA).

The group stressed the need to follow guidelines including stipulating strict hygiene practices, social distancing and separation of workers on meal breaks as well as other measures to ensure sites can be remain safe and open.

The unions said the guidelines have been developed in line with government recommendations and should be adhered to immediately and dutifully by all employers and employees.

As essential services, the group said it is critical all stakeholders of the building and construction industry work responsibility to ensure the protection of employers, workers and the broader community.

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