New Building Minister Sarah Courtney has called the Community and Public Sector Union’s most recent action over a wage dispute unlawful and one that places construction site workers in harm’s way.
But union secretary Tom Lynch has fired back, saying Ms Courtney has displayed a lack of understanding on her new portfolio.
WorkSafe Tasmania staff in Launceston and Hobart from Tuesday will choose not to issue infringement and improvement notices as part of the action. Ms Courtney called the move dangerous.
“The CPSU should consider the safety of Tasmanian building and construction workers and withdraw this reckless direction immediately,” she said.
Mr Lynch said infringement and improvement notices were part of a myriad of options available to WorkSafe Tasmania officers and it was the union membership themselves that chose to undertake this particular action.
He said members would still issue lower-level notices and notices to prohibit work or prosecute when deemed appropriate.
Mr Lynch said workers believed there were too many infringement and improvement notices issued as it was.