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ABCC changes require constructive role from unions and improved resourcing for transition

"With the changes that the Government has announced to the ABCC legislation, the unions need to play a constructive role in supporting and facilitating the varying of agreements to ensure compliance with the Building Code, or else the jobs of thousands of their members who work on Government projects will be at risk," Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group said today.

"The legislation will impose a tight timeframe on the re-negotiation of thousands of construction industry enterprise agreements. The nine month transition period in the Bill commenced late last year and therefore less than seven months remain.

"Effective implementation will require both union cooperation and for the Government to provide the vital resources necessary for the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) and the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to avoid delays in assessing and varying construction industry enterprise agreements.

"There is a massive task ahead in renegotiating thousands of enterprise agreements, having the proposed new agreements assessed by the ABCC, and having the agreements approved by the FWC. All parties need to pull out all stops if widespread industry disruption is to be avoided and the objective of achieving a more productive construction industry is to be achieved," Mr Willox said.

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