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By Willow Aliento
September 7, 2017
The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union has given a thumbs up to the Senate Inquiry into Non-Conforming Building Products recommendation of banning flammable and life-threatening polyethylene core aluminium cladding.
“We welcome the report’s recommendation for a total ban on the import and use of the dangerous cladding in Australia, a ban we called for in June after a two year campaign for a national audit,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.
“The CFMEU has been blowing the whistle on unsafe cladding for two years, urging action that was largely ignored.”
In 2015, the CFMEU urged all Australian governments to take action on the use of the flammable cladding, following the fire in the Lacrosse building in Melbourne’s Docklands.
The Union wrote to the Australian Government, and every state and territory leader, calling for a national audit on the use of the product. It has also made submissions and given evidence before the Senate Inquiry.
Following the tragic and catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire, the CFMEU advised its members working on commercial building sites to refuse to install the dangerous cladding.
Mr O’Connor said the Union supports all of the recommendations in the Inquiry’s interim report on Aluminium Composite Cladding, which was released this week.
“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: there is no point having an Australian Standard if it is not enforced,” he said.
“If fully implemented, these recommendations will go a long way toward restoring accountability, safety and integrity to the Australian building products industry.”
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