Solar Construction Project Under Investigation in Australia


The solar project construction activities in Nyngan Solar Plant construction site in Australia have made a complaint against union activities. The workplace watchdog, Fair Work Australia, has begun an investigation after management at the Nyngan Solar Plant construction site made the complaint recently.

In a recent article by ABC News Online indicated that the $400 (AUS) million Nyngan Solar Plant is being constructed by AGL with government funding. But the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) have pointed out a number of safety concerns about the site, including the presence of deadly snakes and a lack of anti-venom kits on hand. It has become viper’s nest.

It has also suggested that workers were being forced to work in unsafe temperatures that were against safety regulations. The CFMEU said three workers fall ill on site after being forced to work in temperatures of around 45 degrees Celsius.

The union has visited the site and conducted numerous meetings with workers about these concerns. Management at the construction site has now complained to Fair Work, alleging the union has breached place of work legislation.

Fair Work investigators gathered evidence over the past few weeks to assess whether there have been any breaches of employment laws. The Fair Work Building and Construction Director, Nigel Hadgkiss, said management is concerned about the CFMEU's activity.

Solar Construction Project Under Investigation in Australia