The Building Code is an extra set of rules that the Builders must adhere to in order to tender for any Government funded construction projects.
The new code has the effect of forcing employers who have successfully negotiated an EBA with their employees to renegotiate and remove certain clauses just so that they can be eligible for Government work.
Builders whose EBAs included any of the following positive measures would be unable to tender for Government work unless they become “code compliant”.
The code is designed to impose sanctions on employers who recognise the union and negotiate with their employees in good faith. The Government is using its buying power to blackmail employers who engage productively with the union. This is union bashing - plain and simple - carried out by blackmailing builders.
Before the ABCC was passed, companies in the industry urged the Government to give them long lead time to become compliant so that they could re-negoatiate agreements as they expired, and not pull the rug out from under their employees. Initially the crossbench agreed to this practical request – but in an 11th hour deal with Turnbull and the Liberals, Nick Xenophon, Derryn Hinch and Pauline Hanson decided to change the deadline to September 1 2017. This sent the industry into a spin. Some employers are anxious not to be barred from Government tendering, others are seizing the opportunity to strip back wages and conditions that were agreed to in previous EBAs under the guise of "code compliance"
The most important thing that any union member can do is to be informed and to make sure that your coworkers are too.
The Senate voted AGAIN on Turnbull’s anti-union Building Code on Wednesday 9th August. Senators Xenophon, Hanson and Hinch voted FOR the code, meaning that now all companies wishing to tender for Government work must abide by new anti-union rules in their EBA.
If you don’t do federal government work, the Code doesn’t affect your EBA.
Now that the code is law, your boss may try to take advantage of the confusion by claiming your EBA needs to be ‘Code Compliant’. Don’t be fooled.
Don’t let your boss con you into changing the EBA without the Union.
Your EBA is legally certified. Don’t let the bosses slash your wages and conditions under the cover of Turnbull’s political agenda.
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