There was a huge need for reform in the construction industry, Productivity and Labour Relations Minister Yvonne Henderson said today.
"At a time when the economy is coming out of recession, the building and construction industry has the potential to lead the economic recovery in the next 12 months," Mrs Henderson said.
The Minister was commenting on statements by a Western Australian Industrial Relations Commissioner on the need for industrial relations reform in the industry.
"The need for reform has never been more urgent. An efficient and effective building and construction industry will lead to enhanced investment in WA and, most importantly, the creation of skilled jobs, particularly for younger Western Australians," the Minister said.
The Minister recently returned with a delegation of local unionists and employers from Canada, where the group reviewed reform processes within the construction industry.
"The Canadian mission confirmed the commitment of the participants to address the need for reforming the industry in this State," Mrs Henderson said.
"I am absolutely committed to ensuring that the reform process announced by the Federal Government in December last year is implemented in WA.
"That process established the Construction Industry Development Agency and the National Consultative Building Council.
"In WA, Government has a key role to play in facilitating the reforms.
"As Chair of the Building Industry Steering Committee, I am confident that major changes and reforms will be negotiated through this forum, which has representatives from building contractors, employers, trade unions and building owners.
"I am certain that the maturity of industry parties in this State will lead to WA taking a leading role in the reform process of this vital industry."
Mrs Henderson called on the parties to show their bona fides in addressing difficult issues where reforms were needed.