25 June 2012FWBC Chief Executive to visit the Pilbara

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) Chief Executive Leigh Johns will undertake a fact-finding and listening tour of the Pilbara region from 25 - 28 June 2012.

Mr Johns said the visit would involve meetings with senior stakeholders in a number of economically important projects.

“FWBC’s mission is to provide a balanced framework for co-operative, productive and harmonious workplace relations in the Australian building and construction industry,” Mr Johns said.

“The Pilbara employs thousands of people in the construction industry, and the region is predicted to see around $150 billion spent on planning and expanding more than 30 projects over the next ten years.

"I am interested in seeing for myself how the workforces on some of these major projects operate, and speaking with all sectors of the industry about their concerns.

"this region is critical to our nation’s prosperity, and it is imperative that the industrial relations practices on these major projects are running smoothly.”

"WBC is the new regulator of workplace laws in the Australian building and construction industry, commencing operations on 1 June 2012, and subsuming the work of the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner.

"WBC has offices in every Australian capital city, including Perth.

"The Pilbara is an important area of focus for the new FWBC, given its vital importance to the Australian economy,” Mr Johns said. FWBC is open for business and ready to assist all building and construction industry participants. Go to http://www.fwbc.gov.au/ or call the FWBC Hotline on 1800 003 338.