Master Builders Australia welcomes the stand taken in the Parliament against the CFEMU’s aggression against women by the Minister for Women, Senator Hon. Michaelia Cash.

“As a community we do not tolerate violence against women in the home; we don’t tolerate violence and intimidation in the workplace and therefore it follows that it must not be tolerated on building sites,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders said.

“The Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption has heard evidence unacceptable acts of aggression directed at women, including Fair Work Building and Construction Inspectors, by some CFMEU officials,” he said.

“Regrettably, this evidence reflects the endemic and entrenched cultural problem in the CFMEU. The union justifies its aggressive actions with claims they are concerned about safety.  However, their unacceptable aggression against women on building sites does nothing to promote safety,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.

“Master Builders is committed to promoting greater participation and career opportunities for women in building and construction. We are greatly concerned that the CMFEU’s culture of aggression and intimidation is barrier to attracting and retaining more women to rewarding careers in the industry,” he said.

“Master Builders strongly backs Minister Cash’s call for the restoration of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) which was previously successful in promoting a healthier workplace culture on the nation’s building sites,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.