Making headlines for the wrong reasons

The construction sector is suffering one of the highest rates of industrial disputes across the country with the number of days lost nearly three times higher than five years ago – a worrying trend for South Australian jobs as unions protest today, Master Builders SA says.

Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the Australian building and construction sector lost 19.7 days per 1000 employees in the December 2016 quarter – compared to only 5.2 days recorded five years ago. The uptick cements the industry’s reputation as the worst performer across Australia.

South Australia’s record fares little better, with 1.2 days lost per 1000 employees across all sectors – second only to Queensland.

Master Builders SA Chief Executive Officer Ian Markos said militant unions needed to focus on securing future jobs, not creating havoc.

“South Australia is creating headlines for all the wrong reasons: blackouts, high unemployment, protests and millions of dollars of fines for union thuggery,” he said.

“We want people to invest in South Australia, to move here, to work here, to succeed here – but we are still battling an old-school mentality that seeks confrontation and disruption.

“The creation of the Australian Building and Construction Commission has put industry on notice that illegal behaviour – regardless of whether it relates to employees, unions or employers – will not be tolerated, and we wholeheartedly support that stance.

“The union today is protesting the return of the rule of law. It’s time to focus on South Australia.”

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