News & Views

29th July 2016

Further evidence to reinstate the ABCC

29 Jul 2016


Allegations that the CFMEU has targeted the Commonwealth Games site on the Gold Coast with a campaign of industrial action and stop work provides further evidence of the need for the reinstatement of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), the CEO of the National Electrical and Communications Association, Mr Suresh Manickam has said today.

The allegations, including workdays that involved as little as two hours of on-the-job work due to several union led “communication” meetings are in addition to the recent investigation and findings by the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption into the union’s Queensland branch.

“Here is yet another example of why the ABCC must gain the support of the Senate,” said Mr Manickam.

“NECA strongly supports the return of the ABCC as a measure to stamp out illegal workplace activity by trade unions. We strongly believe that that the re-establishment of this industry watchdog will deliver a safe and transparent workplace where the rule of law is upheld and sector productivity is enhanced.”

“The last election was based upon the re-establishment of the ABCC. Now that the Federal Government has been re-elected it has a mandate for the re-establishment of the ABCC. The passage of these critical laws are just as critical for Australia’s mums and dads as they are for electrical contractors, in both Queensland and across the nation,” Mr Manickam said.


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