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NZ’s Leading Commercial Construction Businesses Endorse Mandatory Vaccinations For


The Vertical Construction Leaders Group (VCLG), made up
of 50 of the biggest commercial construction companies in
New Zealand, endorses the Registered Master Builders
Association’s call for mandatory vaccinations for the
building and construction sector.

“The building and
construction industry is one of the largest sectors in New
Zealand, employing over 10% of New Zealand’s workforce.
It’s vital we keep them, their families, and the
communities they work in safe, and that is our commitment to
them. Mandatory vaccinations are the only way to effectively
do this, and we strongly urge the Government to step up and
quickly mandate them for the sector,” says New Zealand
Strong Managing Director Chris Hunter.

This position
is strongly supported by a majority of sector leaders/VCLG
members. The VCLG commends those businesses that have taken
the initiative to mandate vaccinations for those accessing
their sites, whether staff, clients, or visitors. However,
there is still a lot of confusion for employers who are
worried of potential legal consequences. This fear is valid
and real and happening right now. The industry is looking to
Government to provide leadership on this issue as the
Government has already shown for teachers and health
workers.

“Government needs to urgently change the
current laws to allow businesses to make the decision to
mandate vaccination without punishment or difficulty. This
will allow businesses in the building and construction
sector to mandate vaccination with confidence, progressing
our vaccination efforts, benefitting all New Zealanders”,
says Mr. Hunter.

The call is also supported by Site
Safe. “Our sector has strict health and safety protocols
but, these are not enough on their own to protect our people
or respond to the unique complexities caused by Covid-19″,
added Brett Murray, Chief Executive of Site Safe New
Zealand. ”We have seen that with recently rising cases on
some sites. Ours is a highly mobile workforce, that
frequently moves around New Zealand accessing numerous
sites. They work indoors, with low ventilation, and it is
extremely difficult for them to always maintain the
distancing rules,”

“The health and safety of our
workforce is at the forefront of all the work our industry
does. Supporting mandatory vaccination policies will be an
additional pillar of the sector’s health and safety
strategy. Our industry is far reaching, working with people
from all backgrounds and needs. Protecting our workforce and
everyone in our team of five million is a commitment we all
need to do our part on”, said Messrs Hunter and
Murray.

What is the Vertical Construction Leaders
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