Why we need a building watchdog

We are used to some building unions “thumbing their nose” at our inadequate  industrial laws

Unfortunately some construction companies are aiding them by surrendering to their outrageous claims.

We need unions to ensure tat workmen are safe and treated fair but they, (and the employers as well) need strong regulations and enforcement to ensure that abuse of power (on both sides) is curtained. The regulations going through parliament at the moment would go along way to solving this. See article from News Limited below.

 

This is not a new situation as I mentioned in Chapter 11 of my book Lady Ruth Bromfield

MINISTER: Union muscling in on non-members

The Courier-Mail can ­exclusively reveal today’s ­Senate notice paper will list the Registered Organisations Commission Bill for debate on Monday and the Australian Building and Construction Commission Bill on Tuesday.

The move would bring a sigh of relief to major construction firms across the country, particularly in Queensland.

While Employment Minister Michaelia Cash was refusing to reveal whether she had the numbers required to pass the laws, The Courier-Mail understood the Coalition ­believed it had secured the 38 votes needed.

The Government would ­introduce the Registered Organisations Commission Bill first, which aimed to bring greater financial accountability to union bosses, who have used members’ money to buy cars, jewellery and prostitutes.

Senator Cash, who had been negotiating with the crossbench for months, said union office holders needed to face greater scrutiny.

“With annual revenue of $1.5 billion, assets of $2.5 billion, plus tax exempt status, registered organisations should be accountable and transparent. The two million Australians who entrust their money to their union or employer group deserve to know that it is being run honestly and in their best interests.”

The Bill would create a new Registered Organisation Commission, which would be a regulator focused on unions and employer associations.

Mr Shorten faces one of his toughest battles to explain why he would not vote for the laws. He said he believed the Australian Securities and Investments Commission should hold the role, although he has complained about ASIC’s lack of teeth in the past.

Many speculated the Government would not bring on the Bills because of the resignation of Family First Senator Bob Day and the controversy surrounding election of One Nation Senator, Rod Culleton.

The furore surrounding the pair had convinced the CFMEU that the Bills would not pass this year.

It meant the CFMEU tried to strongarm major building companies into signing enterprise bargaining agreements that will be incompatible with the Building Code once laws pass. Companies that signed agreements will be ineligible to bid for government contracts.

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