COVID-19. Important information for our members.
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The situation with the coronavirus is changing every day, so please be sure to refresh this page and check our Facebook page for updates.
The PPTEU, along with other construction unions, employer associations and other industry partners believe that it is not in the interest of the industry and its workforce for sites to be closed down partially or fully due to Covid-19, whilst we must all maintain public and private health standards for everyone in the community.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the office is open with restricted member access.
In line with recommendations with Government, we are taking preventative measures for the health and safety of the members and staff. The office is open, but unfortunately we have reduced staff at the front counter to offer face to face assistance at reception. We ask members to be patient and to use the relevant numbers listed on our home page to assist with your enquiries. We apologise for the inconvenience this causes, but these measures are necessary during this unprecedented health event. We strongly advise all members to use this web site to keep up to date with daily announcements affecting you and our industry. For general health advice on COVID- 19 you can call the Vic Government hotline on 1800 675 398 or check out their website.
1 April 2020
ATTENTION ALL PPTEU APPRENTICES – see below message from Earl Setches, Federal Secretary of the PPTEU.
"The Union has not forgotten the Apprentices' value to the Union. You are the future of the PPTEU and an integral part of our industry.
We have commenced discussions with Employer Associations, Incolink, Government departments and other Unions in relation to some financial support for apprentices in the event of a COVID-19 shutdown.
We will be providing updates as they come to hand.
Fear not, we have your best interests at heart."
1 April 2020
COVID-19:Building and construction industry working party guidelines V2
Guidelines for the Building and Construction industry in Victoria have been updated, providing direction to employers and workers, for the steps required to be taken to best provide a safe and healthy environment, and the actions available in the event of interruption to building and construction work, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These guidelines have been adopted and agreed between the unions and the Industry Associations involved in their development.
31 March 2020
Incolink now has only one account, the Incolink Redundancy Account. Incolink has moved to one account to make it easier and fairer for workers.
It is recommended members register with the "WorkerLink"portal for claims.
Visit the Incolink web site to read about the changes.
27 March 2020
A video message from the State Secretary
Financial support for construction workers.
Please see the flyer for information regarding stand downs or redundancy to assist with financial support.
26 March 2020
We have produced an information flyer to provide direction to employers and workers, for the steps required to be taken to best provide a safe and healthy environment, and the actions available in the event of interruption to building and construction work, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These guidelines are applicable as at 25 March 2020, noting that it is likely that further Government announcements regarding COVID-19 may result in changes. These guidelines will be updated as required. Note also that the Building and Construction Industry has not been included as a “nonessential
business or undertaking” pursuant to the Closure Direction issued by the State Government of 23 March 2020.
25 March 2020
Building and Construction Industry Employers and Unions Unite on COVID-19 Safety Message
The Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA), Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), Civil Contractors Federation (CCF), Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), Electrical Trades Union (ETU), Master Builders Victoria (MBV), Master Plumbers, National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA), Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union (PPTEU), Property Council Victoria and the Urban Development Institute of Australia [Victoria] (UDIA) have united to send a strong message to the building and construction industry: Treat this situation very seriously and with the highest importance by adhering to all the recommended safety procedures.
The united group stress the need to follow appropriate measures and guidelines which stipulate strict hygiene practices, social distancing and separation of workers on meal breaks, in addition to other measures, to ensure sites can be kept safe and stay open.
Employer groups and unions have worked together to develop guidelines in line with government recommendations and they should be adhered to immediately and followed dutifully by all employers and employees.
The united group has and will continue to follow guidelines from both the National Cabinet and Victorian State Government, which confirms that stage two restrictions do not apply to construction sites and electrical and plumbing services – as these are considered essential activities.
As vital constituents of the economy, it is critical that all stakeholders of the building and construction industry work together to ensure the protection of employers, workers, their families and our community.
The group will continue to work with all relevant leadership and government bodies – including following the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer – to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their collective memberships and the community.
18 March 2020
18 March 2020
For further information, see our OH&S Bulletin on coronavirus that provides information on measures and explains efforts for both workers and employers to increase facilities and the need for personal hygiene, and the need to reduce person to person contact.