Construction figures are bracing for a snap industry-wide shutdown in response to violent protests in Melbourne.
Most work sites are expected to be closed for at least two weeks.
The state government held a series of high-level talks to consider its response to the chaos on Monday.
“Today’s activities by the extremists and the people who are being manipulated by the extremists don’t really help when you’re trying to persuade the health authorities to keep the industry working under Covid-safe conditions,” CFMEU boss Dave Noonan told ABC radio.
We never want to see the industry shut because it hurts people economically.”
A violent brawl erupted in the city on Monday after hundreds of people descended on union headquarters to protest mandatory vaccinations for construction workers.
More to come.
Camera IconPolice respond to violent protests outside CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne. David Geraghty Credit: News Corp AustraliaInternet Explorer Channel Network