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Productivity Commission Report-Joint Statement



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THE HON PETER REITH MP MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, WORKPLACE RELATIONS AND SMALL BUSINESS LEADER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE HON MARK BIRRELL MLC MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA ACT 2600

24 August 1999 99/99

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION REPORT - JOINT STATEMENT

The Federal and Victorian governments have jointly welcomed the Productivity Commission Report into work arrangements on large capital city building projects, the Federal Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith and Victorian Industry Minister Mark Birrell said today.

• The building and construction industry is a substantial contributor to the strength of both the national and Victorian economies and its labour force. Where the report highlights deficiencies in work arrangements, its analysis should be objectively assessed by all industry parties.

Of particular concern to all parties interested in the welfare of the industry in Victoria is the conclusion that work arrangements in Melbourne appear to be less flexible than in other competing capital cities, and the cost impact this creates.

Also of concern is the relatively high level of industrial disputation recorded in this industry in Victoria, and apparent continuation of the unlawful practice of compulsory unionism.

Initiatives taken and supported by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments, such as workplace relations reform, the national and Victorian Codes of Practice for the building and construction industry and improved enforcement of the rule of law through the Office of the Employment Advocate and the ACCC are acknowledged in this report.

The report also notes the cost impact of industry-wide arrangements and pattern bargaining, including in Victoria through the Victorian Building Industry Agreement and other industry wide and over award conditions.

The report presents further support for the views of the Commonwealth and Victorian governments that the Victorian Building Industry Agreement should not be renewed upon its expiry in March of next year.

For further information contact: Ian Hanke 0419 484 095