“The planned merger between the CFMEU and the MUA will be a significant development in Australia’s industrial history,” Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said.

“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,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“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),” Wilhelm Harnisch said.