10 December 2012FWBC site visits in Newcastle this week

Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors will conduct site visits in Newcastle tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday this week to assess compliance with the National Code of Practice for the Construction Industry (National Code).

Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC) Chief Executive Leigh Johns said the primary purpose of the visits is to educate employers and workers.

“The National Code establishes minimum standards businesses must meet to tender for Government-funded work,” Mr Johns said.

“As the regulator of workplace relations in the construction industry, FWBC can provide advice and assistance to help construction companies operating in Newcastle to comply with the National Code.

“Smaller companies, in particular, who don’t have access to legal and HR experts, may have difficulty in understanding what they need to do to comply with the National Code. These visits provide an opportunity for site owners to speak with Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors about any concerns or issues they may have.”

Mr Johns said the visits also provide an opportunity for workers to find out more about their minimum wages and entitlements.

“FWBC has recovered $206,095 for 275 workers in the NSW construction industry,” Mr Johns said.

“Newcastle workers are welcome to approach us for information about what they should be paid and raise any concerns with us during these visits.

“If Newcastle employers or workers miss us this time, but would like further information, advice or assistance with the National Code, workplace relations laws in the construction industry or minimum wages and entitlements, please give us a call on 1800 003 338.”

The FWBC website also has a range of educative tools and resources that may be helpful: www.fwbc.gov.au.

Further information on the National Code is also available on the FWBC website.

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