Some 8,000 to 10,000 Trade Unionists and members of the public marched in solidarity for public and workplace safety.
The Union rally follows on from four deaths associated with GroCon buildings sites in Melbourne. One Worker who fell from a construction site crane and three innocent pedestrians who were killed when a hoarding and brick wall collapsed on March 28.
The City of Melbourne needs to undertake an internal review of its role in the tragic events and its statutory obligations.
- Is GroCon being given favourable consideration and are they exempt from local laws and prosecution?
- Has the City of Melbourne been negligent or are they turning a blind eye in a gentleman's agreement?
There is a need for a fourth Statutory compliance and review which must look closely at the role of the City of Melbourne in overseeing Construction site public safety.
The City of Melbourne has a whole department of Engineers and exactly what do they do other then Engineer congestion, attend seminars and drink coffee? If they are not providing oversight, inspection and enforcing the rules why are they employed? Why are rate payers paying their wages?
The Union movement plans further rallies should the government inquires seek to scape goat or fail to hold to account those responsible. This includes the City of Melbourne and the State Government