The Abbott Government have introduced legislation in the federal parliament that will see the Fair Work Building Construction Inspectorate retain coercive power which were set to expire at the end of May.
In 2012 the Gillard Government abolished the Australian Building Construction Commission, the ABCC and replaced it with the Inspectorate falling under the Fair Work Commission.
They also put in place an expiry date for coercive powers which treat construction industry workers differently to every other worker by compelling construction workers to produce information, documents or evidence at investigations into suspected breaches of the Fair Work (Building Industry) Act or other building laws.
These coercive powers remove the basic right to privilege against self–incrimination and effectively force workers to give evidence in investigations against colleagues and themselves or face severe penalties.
Under Gillard's changes these powers were set to expire at the end of May but now the Abbott Government is trying to keep them in place by introducing legislation to extend the coercive powers of the building inspectorate.
We are asking ETU members in the construction industry to take action by writing to Labor Senator Sam Dastyari who has a track record of standing up over issues such as this while working with cross bench and other Senator’s to make sure legislation is properly scrutinised.
Please download the pre-formed letter below, complete your details and either post the letter to PO Box 717, Randwick NSW 2031 or you can cut and paste the text into an email or scan the letter and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org