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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Government to stamp out right of entry abuses

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Saturday, October 05, 2013

    Government to stamp out right of entry abuses

    Worksites across Queensland will now be better protected under proposed amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

    Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the changes last night at the annual Master Builders Building and Construction Awards ceremony in Brisbane.

    Mr Bleijie said amendments to the Act would stop unions bringing constructions sites to a halt while ensuring legitimate safety issues are appropriately addressed by the regulator.

    “For too long, we have seen construction unions using safety as an industrial weapon in this State,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “Quite frankly, their abuses of the current right of entry provisions are designed to bully contractors until they get their way.

    “Sites are being hijacked and workers held to ransom.

    “I have personally heard of stories from hard working Queenslanders who have been locked out of their workplace because of militant union activity.

    “Earlier this year, a major contractor lost 42 days of work due to illegal strike activity in the first year of their enterprise agreement.

    “This practice will end.

    “Every Queenslander deserves to go to work, do their job, get paid and be treated fairly.”

    Mr Bleijie said under the Newman Government’s plans, union officials would have to provide at least 24 hours’ written notice before they could enter a workplace. This will align with the Federal Government’s Fair Work Act.

    “These amendments will ensure the safety regulator is the first port of call for any safety concerns,” he said.

    “As part of our commitment to making Queensland workplaces the safest in the nation, we are putting the focus back on safety.

    “Recent figures show Queensland's non-fatal injury and disease claim rate for the construction industry has decreased by 24 per cent, which is above the Australian average decrease of 15 per cent.

    “We will continue to the lead the way when it comes to workplace safety.”

    “These new laws will complement the Building Construction and Compliance Branch (BCCB) that the government recently established to crackdown on militant union activity on construction sites.  

    “Construction is a key pillar of our plan to get the State’s finances back on track and supercharge the Queensland economy.

    “I will be seeking the agreement of other states and territories to get on board to break the unruly behaviour by unions in construction workplaces under the guise of safety.”

    [ENDS] 5 October 2013

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