23 July 2012FWBC educates Townsville construction industry about workplace rights

Inspectors from Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) will visit building sites in Townsville from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 July to educate construction businesses about their workplace rights and obligations.

Chief Executive Leigh Johns said this will be the first time FWBC has visited Townsville since the agency began operation on 1 June 2012.

“Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors will assess a number of businesses against the industry’s National Code of Practice to ensure employers are meeting federal standards, and that employees are being paid their correct wages and entitlements.

“Inspectors will be providing education and advice to the local industry to ensure work is carried out fairly and productively.

“Inspectors are also able to assist local building employers with issues such as correct record keeping, right of entry requirements, and freedom of association.”

FWBC has been operating for around two months as the new, independent, specialist regulator of workplace laws in Australia’s building and construction industry.

The agency is committed to supporting a balanced framework for cooperative, productive and harmonious workplace relations – to ensure that there is an environment where the industry can attract strong investment, skilled workers and deliver vital national infrastructure.

“It’s important that employers and employees in Townsville’s construction industry know who to turn to for information and advice on commonwealth workplace law,” said Mr Johns.

“We want to help the industry get on with the job.”

Members of the building and construction industry seeking advice on their workplace rights and obligations should call the FWBC Hotline on 1800 003 338, or visit fwbc.gov.au

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