The construction union is pushing for a policy change to allow tradies across Australia to walk off the job when temperatures reach just 30C.
Currently the mercury has to soar beyond 35C before tradies are allowed to stop working but the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) says that is far too hot.
Employers have slammed the proposal, which is part of the CFMEU’s controversial new industry agreement, saying it threatens to drive the construction industry to a halt over summer.
The push for the change comes as the country prepares to swelter through an oppressive week-long heatwave.
Construction workers across Australia are pushing for a policy change to allow them to walk off the job when temperatures soar beyond 30C
The push for the changes to the heat policy comes after the country sweltered through an oppressive heatwave over the weekend
‘If they reduce their heat policy down to 30 degrees, you might as well shut the industry over summer,’ Master Builders Association NSW executive director Brian Seidler told AFR.
‘And when we’re rebuilding in a post-COVID environment, the union’s now jacking up the price even more? You can’t be serious. We’re going from 15 per cent in three years to 18 per cent.’
2GB radio host Ben Fordham agreed, saying the deal would threaten to grind the industry to a halt.
‘The construction union is kidding itself,’ he said.
‘If the union gets its way you’ll never see a shovel in the ground.’
More than 200 subcontractors have signed on to the new agreement, but no major builder has agreed to the deal yet.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted CFMEU for comment.
Australians are bracing for a scorching summer with temperatures tipped to hit between 20C and 35C most days.
Parts of Sydney – including the CBD – broke the 40-degree barrier on Saturday while swathes of western NSW, South Australia and northern Victoria baked through even higher temperatures approaching 45C
Parts of Sydney – including the CBD – broke the 40-degree barrier on Saturday while swathes of western NSW, South Australia and northern Victoria baked through even higher temperatures approaching 45C.
On Saturday night, Observatory Hill in central Sydney recorded a minimum 25.3C, shattering 1967’s November record of 24.8C.
Saturday’s overnight minimum at Nobbys Head in Newcastle was 24.1C, breaking a 64-year record of 23.1C.
Temperatures in Sydney dropped by 9C in just 20 minutes on Sunday night from a high of 39C.
The mercury will be at just 24C on Monday before rising back to 29C on Tuesday – the first day of summer.
Though the city will be spared the brunt of the heatwave this week, inland areas will suffer more skyrocketing temperatures without much relief.
The cool change will bring relief across much of the eastern states, with the ACT and Melbourne both forecast to reach a comfortable maximum of 25C on Monday, while Hobart will reach 22C.
WORKING IN EXTREME HEAT
Matters for workers to consider include:
· Radiant heat from particular surfaces like bondeck, roofing etc
· Sun glare
· The type of work being performed
Employers must provide:
· Sun screen
· Cool clear drinking water
· Air-conditioned site sheds
· Hard hat brims
· Sunglasses where required
Healthy Work Tips for Hot Weather:
· Drink 100-200ml of water at regular intervals, do not allow yourself to become thirsty
· Avoid drinking coffee, tea, alcohol and caffeinated soft drinks
· Wear light coloured, loose clothing made of natural fibres wherever possible
· Take regular breaks in a cool place
Signs and symptoms of heat illness include:
· Feeling sick, nauseous, dizzy or weak
· Clumsiness, collapse and convulsions can also be the result of heat illness
· Employees with these signs or symptoms need to seek immediate medical attention
But duty forecaster Rose Barr told Daily Mail Australia the relief would be limited to the east of the dividing range, however, with the north and west of NSW continuing to top 40C.
High wind speeds will also bring dangerous fire weather on Tuesday for much of the north and west of the state, she said.
There are more than 60 bushfires still burning in NSW alone still burning and more could spring up with high winds and extreme heat.
The RFS has issued a total fire ban for most of eastern and northeastern NSW for Sunday, including Greater Sydney, the Illawarra, Hunter and north coast.
The service tweeted that it has been a ‘challenging few days’ for firefighters across NSW, with more than 100 blazes burning from border to border in the past two days.
‘Firefighters were flown to a fire on the Qld border, while grass and crop fires near Berrigan kept crews busy. Hot weather continues today,’ the RFS said.
RFS Deputy Commissioner Peter McKechnie on Friday urged NSW residents to have fire plans ready and prepare their properties.
‘This is the first time since the devastating season last year we’ve seen widespread elevated fire danger,’ he said.
Last summer’s bushfires destroyed 2476 homes and claimed 26 lives.
WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Monday: Min 18. Max 24. Cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 19. Max 29. Cloudy.
Wednesday : Min 20. Max 24. Cloudy
Thursday : Min 17. Max 24. Cloudy
Monday: Min 12. Max 25. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 19. Max 27. Showers.
Wednesday : Min 12. Max 19. Cloudy.
Thursday: Min 11. Max 22. Cloudy.
Monday: Min 11. Max 25. Cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 11. Max 35. Sunny.
Wednesday : Min 12. Max 25. Sunny.
Thursday : Min 11. Max 26. Cloudy
Monday: Min 26. Max 34. Showers.
Tuesday: Min 26. Max 33. Showers.
Wednesday: Min 25.Max 34.Showers.
Thursday: Min 26. Max 35. Showers
Monday: Min 22. Max 31. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 23. Max 31. Cloudy.
Wednesday : Min 23. Max 34. Sunny.
Thursday: Min 23. Max 30. Clouds.
Monday: Min 13. Max 33. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 17. Max 21. Showers.
Wednesday: Min 12. Max 20. Clouds.
Thursday : Min 11. Max 24. Sunny
Monday: Min 14. Max 20. Showers.
Tuesday: Min 9. Max 24. Sunny.
Wednesday: Min 12. Max 30. Sunny
Thursday: Min 15. Max 29. Sunny
Monday: Min 10. Max 22. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 14. Max 25. Showers.
Wednesday: Min 10. Max 17. Windy.
Thursday: Min 10. Max 20. Clouds
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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