Victoria’s controversial code of conduct for the construction industry – designed to stamp out union power on building sites for government projects – is set to be dumped or significantly overhauled.
Premier Denis Napthine has revealed the code in its present form will not be needed if prime minister elect Tony Abbott delivers on a pledge to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission, which was abolished in May 2012 by the former Gillard government.
”We put that construction code in place because there wasn’t a tough cop on the beat in our construction sites and unions were running amok,” Dr Napthine told The Age. ”If we get the ABCC back with proper powers and a real commitment to enforcing good work practices, good industrial relations practices on our building sites, we’ll certainly look at whether there is a need to continue with our construction code.”
Under the code, contracts for government-funded projects are only awarded if construction companies comply with tough rules designed to limit the influence of unions on building sites, including coercive practices or sham contracts.
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