Union Merger Is Not the Solution

Published : 28 October 2015

Australia's construction industry is under threat, according to Master Builders Australia CEO, Wilhelm Harnisch.

The 'threat' that he describes is the planned merger between the CFMEU and the MUA, which he describes as "a significant development in Australia’s industrial history".

“Master Builders Australia can say with some certainty that the planned merger of Australia’s two most militant unions will not lead to a moderation of industrial relations in the already troubled construction industry,” he said.

“That would be a forlorn hope from two unions that are the most militant in Australia and which have scant regard for the impact of their unlawful behaviours on the community.

“The proposed merger makes more cogent the need and urgency for the Parliament and the Senate cross bench in particular, to get behind the Government’s push to curb industrial thuggery by restoring the powers of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)."