April 2014 Industry Update

No-permit list

FWBC has published a list on its website of union officials who do not hold a valid Right of Entry permit.

                                                       

Union officials are allowed to enter building sites to speak with workers, investigate workplace law breaches and perform inspections under work health and safety laws, but they MUST hold a Federal Right of Entry permit.

 

They must also follow Right of Entry laws, which you can read more about here.

 

FWBC has heard many reports of union officials entering or trying to enter sites without a valid Right of Entry permit. These matters are being investigated.

 

FWBC Director Nigel Hadgkiss said the ‘No Permit List’ was a critical tool for site managers across Australia in preventing potential Right of Entry breaches.

 

“This is a list of people who do not have a valid Right of Entry permit, and some of them have a history of attempting to enter building sites without valid permits,” Nigel said.

 

Nigel urged site managers to know their rights about Right of Entry.

 

“It is within your right to request to see and inspect the original permit. It is not enough for the official to flash the permit at you. You are entitled to, and should, inspect it.”

 

In addition, Nigel said site managers should use the new list on FWBC’s website to help them. “If someone on the list comes onto site uninvited, and does not leave when asked, call the police,” he said.

 

Please call FWBC’s Hotline on 1800 003 338 for confidential advice about Right of Entry. If you think a Right of Entry breach may have occurred, call the Hotline immediately.

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