The Australian Building & Construction Commission bill is about to be negotiated in federal parliament that will see the reinstatement of the Australian Building & Construction Commission. This is a set of laws that could see Australia go to an early election thanks to a double dissolution. The ABCC is an industry watchdog put in place to monitor and promote workplace relations in the building and construction industry. It was established by the Howard Government and axed by Labor in 2012. The government has argued it needs to be reinstated because corruption, violence and threats continue to be exposed in the building and construction industry. A recent royal commission into trade unions concluded there was “systemic” corruption and unlawful conduct, including corrupt payments, physical and verbal violence, threats, intimidation and ethical breaches in the industry.
I wanted to give you my take on the situation – a first hand look into what it’s really like working in the building industry today…. Please read and share if you feel like I do.