The word construction is used to describe an industry where workers are paid by the hour, not the day, to do tasks, but not to complete tasks, and for which they are paid no pay, even if they perform some tasks.
The construction industry has been a major contributor to the deaths of workers, with the most recent figures from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet revealing that the industry caused 2,813 deaths in 2015, up from 1,852 in 2014.
Construction workers are employed to do work that involves the building of buildings, roads, and public infrastructure.
They are not paid a salary, as are other workers in the construction industry.
However, they do receive pay, based on the number of hours worked and the amount of work done.
It is an industry with a high turnover of construction workers, often earning a total of more than $200,000 a year.
Construction employment rates in NSW and Victoria have fallen since the start of the construction boom, but are still high compared to other industries.
There are currently more than 300,000 construction workers in NSW, and in Victoria, more than 200,000.
Construction worker pay rates are high.
Construction industry unions say that construction workers are being paid very low rates, with some unions also demanding that construction firms pay their workers at least $5,000 in a year to cover living expenses.
Construction labour laws vary across the state, but the Australian Building and Construction Union has warned that wages are often far below the minimum wage and overtime rates.
The Construction Workers’ Union (CWA) said that the construction sector “frequently fails to pay wages and overtime”, and called on all construction firms to pay their employees at least the minimum hourly wage, which is around $22.50.
“Workers should not be paid less than what they are owed for work done, or overtime rates, and should not have to be paid a minimum wage rate for work that is done for less than $22,” CWA secretary Mark Williams said.
Workers also face restrictions when they work on public infrastructure projects, including the installation of electrical poles, power lines, or fences on public roads.
There is no minimum wage for construction workers and there are no regulations for how much overtime workers are required to work, Williams said, adding that the current rate of overtime for construction was “very low”.
Construction companies have been criticised for the low pay and unsafe working conditions.
In a submission to the Victorian Labor Government in April, CWA called for the construction of public infrastructure work in Victoria to be reviewed, with more “reasonable” working conditions for workers.
“The high turnover rate of construction industry workers is the main contributor to these problems,” the CWA submission said.
In March, the Victorian government released its “blueprint” for the new Construction Workers Code, which included changes to overtime and pay rates.
Labor’s environment spokeswoman, Christine Milne, said the government had failed to take action on the safety and living conditions of construction and other construction workers.
The Victorian Labor government has promised to review safety standards for construction work in the state and to establish a new body to investigate complaints of workplace safety.
It has also announced that the Victorian Construction Workers Union will form a Working Group to review and recommend a new safety code for the state.