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Greens support building workers commemorating International Day of Mourning

"Today, around Australia, workers are commemorating the International Day of Mourning and remembering colleagues, friends and family who have died from work-place incidents."

"It is also a time to reflect on how as a society we can work together to prevent such deaths," said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on workplace relations.

"The Greens fully support all the building workers around the country who today have stopped work to remember their colleagues and friends who have died at work."

The Greens today renewed calls for the Government to support their Bill to immediately abolish the ABCC, restore basic rights and fairness to building sites and reverse the trend of injuries and deaths in this industry.

"On average, 50 deaths occur each year in unsafe workplaces on building sites; this is almost a death a week, yet the legislation targeting the building and construction industry and the operation of the ABCC adversely impact on the ability of workers in that industry to ensure safe workplaces," said Senator Siewert.

"We urge the federal government to ensure their occupational health and safety harmonisation process currently underway does not diminish protections for Australian workers."

"All workers have the right to return home after work in the same condition that they left for work. Today we remember those who have not been so lucky, and lost their lives in their workplaces," concluded Senator Siewert.

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