Building and construction industry leaders from across Australia have convened in Canberra today to highlight the importance of re-establishing the ABCC.

The Board of Master Builders Australia represents more than 32,000 members from communities across Australia and 340,000 small and medium sized family businesses.

The special board meeting was called at a time when the Senate is expected to debate the ABCC bills that will see the return of a specialist industrial relations regulator for the construction sector.

The meeting coincides with Master Builders advertising campaign to highlight the importance of the ABCC to an industry that is Australia’s third largest, employs 1 in 10 Australians and trains over 50,000 each year.

Master Builders Australia’s National President Dan Perkins and National CEO Wilhelm Harnisch spoke on behalf of the Board at the Parliament House today.

“We have all gathered here in Canberra today because re-establishing the ABCC is the number one priority for our sector and our members,” Dan Perkins said.

We see building union officials acting like thugs because they want to control our industry and put their own interests ahead of workers and the industry,” he said.

“It’s not on and it must stop,” Dan Perkins said.

“Wilhelm Harnisch, CEO of Master Builders Australia said, “We want the ABCC to uphold the rule of law in our industry so that illegal building union tactics can be controlled and our members’ worksites can operate like all other Australian workplaces.” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“The building unions’ and their behaviour means construction costs are 30% higher than they should be and this means that taxpayers are losing schools, hospitals and roads,” he said.

“The community deserves better. Master Builders calls on the Senate to bring back the ABCC,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.