No more immediate access to sites for unions

UNIONS will have to give at least 24-hours written notice before entering work sites under new legislation introduced by the government.

Flagged late least year, the changes will make it harder for unionised sites to stop work if workers judge it to be unsafe.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said it would mean the end of "construction unions using safety as an industrial weapon", but the Queensland Council of Unions said it would enable the small number of "disreputable employers" the time to try and cover up work site issues.

"At the end of the day most companies do the right thing, but those who want to cut corners will use this as an opportunity to hide health and safety issues," Mr Battams said.

"Under the previous legislation, workers could call in representatives to look into any issues, but now they have to wait one day.

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