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Subcontractors and CFMEU out in the cold on building collapse

By johnboy 29 October 2008 28

The ABC is carrying an epic whinge by the CFMEU in the wake of the Civic building collapse.

    “CFMEU national safety expert Martin Kingham has been denied entry to the site by the builder Leighton Contractors.

    Mr Kingham says he is concerned for the safety of workers and wants Leighton Contractors to let him on site to inspect the collapse.

    He also claims workers at the site are not being paid.

    “I was greeted by about a dozen workers who can’t go to work,” he said.


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tylersmayhem 3:08 pm 31 Oct 08

WTF? I’ve met heaps of really nice builders. I wouldn’t have thought the the ratio of scumbag to non-scumbag would be any higher than any other occupation.

Sounds like you’ve been really lucky mate, or you work in similar industries to them.

Jim Jones 12:50 pm 31 Oct 08

GottaLoveCanberra said :

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve yet to meet a non-scumbag builder.

WTF? I’ve met heaps of really nice builders. I wouldn’t have thought the the ratio of scumbag to non-scumbag would be any higher than any other occupation.

Granny 12:28 pm 31 Oct 08

Hey, somebody said ‘Nicely put’ and ‘Passy’ in the same sentence … Passy you’ve arrived!!

*chuckle*

tylersmayhem 11:55 am 31 Oct 08

Nicely put Passy!

…and nicely put GottaLove!

Mr_Shab 11:09 am 31 Oct 08

The CFMEU is a perfect example of the maxim “Mongrel boss, mongrel union”, though I’m inclined to think vice-versa as well.

The CFMEU didn’t turn into a crowd of hard-heads by accident. Construction sites, lumber sites and mines can be spectacularly dangerous if incredibly high (and expensive) OH&S standard are not adhered to. Bosses want the job done quicker and cheaper. Unions want it safer.

The stakes are much higher in these industries. The CPSU is a well-subscribed union too – but they don’t call stop work at the drop of a hat. The simple reason is that no-one’s going to die in front of a keyboard because of lax OH&S.

I agree that Leighton need to be a bit more open about this – it reeks of a coverup. If they’d grabbed the chance early, the could have taken the moral high ground (as in “We don’t have to let the union in – but this is a bigger matter than worksite politics. We’re very concerned about our workers…” etc).

Thumper 8:07 am 31 Oct 08

Is Passy John Pilger?

affordable 7:56 am 31 Oct 08

Passy
it would appear that you do not work in the building industry, If you do not do as your told by the CFMEU expect to become unemployed very quickly or expect OHS issues that do not exist.
Their are government agencies to protect workers rights that do not discrimate between workers.
and yes SOME builders are scumbags.

GottaLoveCanberra 12:26 am 31 Oct 08

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve yet to meet a non-scumbag builder.

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