The building industry places a high priority on a safe and productive workplace relations environment. Harmonious, safe and productive workplaces are vital for a strong building industry, a thriving economy and more job opportunities for all Australians.

We need 300,000 more workers, independent contractors and apprentices over the next decade, but current workplace laws discourage many from hiring more workers and training more apprentices.

The building and construction industry is committed to delivering safe and productive workplaces for the more than one million people it employs. The personal and community cost of serious injury and death at work cannot be underestimated and must be addressed.

Safer and more productive workplaces can be achieved without adding to the existing level of complexity and compliance. A common sense, practical approach is needed.

The focus must be on the quality, rather than the quantity, of legislation and regulation.  The focus must also be on education and awareness, injury prevention, and the practical and achievable management of foreseeable risk, not just paper based compliance. It's about creating a genuine ‘safety culture’ in the workplace.

To address these challenges Australia must return to a balanced and fair industrial relations system. It must be easily understood and simple.

The building and construction industry unions have a long history of militant and unlawful behaviour, such as unlawful strikes and other illegal activities, which disrupts workplaces, stifles productivity and adds up to 30% to the cost of building community facilities such as hospitals and schools – an impost funded by taxpayers.

The Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) must be re-established to increase productivity, reduce disputes and delays, foster greater cooperation between workers and employers on commercial building sites and the economy in general. 

Master Builders is campaigning for a fairer and more balanced workplace relations system at the 2016 Federal Election.

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Master Builders' Reform Priorities are:

Restore respect for the Rule of Law

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Rights of Independent Contractors

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Registered Organisations Commission

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A Workplace Bargaining System Between Employers & Employees

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Respect Within Workplace Laws

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Dismissal Laws that are Common Sense

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Nationally Consistent Workplace Safety Laws

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Safety & Industrial Relations Laws

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Workplace Safety is Paramount

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Review of Regulator Duplication

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