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Unions denounced the violent protests in Melbourne, but what do the employers’ bodies say?
AIGroup’s victorian director, Tim Piper, he told the Guardian Australia that the protests are “something the industry abhors.”
“And, of course, that sends the community at large a totally wrong message about the construction industry.”
“Obviously we do not tolerate violence and those who participate in it. A participant here should recognize the long-term implications for their own work and for the industry in doing what they do in their behavior. “
He said there were “certainly construction workers involved” in the protests.
“And at the same time, there were certainly antagonists there who, the construction workers told me, were wearing clean high-visibility vests.”
AIGroup did not mention the violence of the protests in a press release released Tuesday deploring the closure of the construction industry, but Piper said it was dispatched at around 2pm, before the worst clashes with police occurred.
“I wasn’t really aware of how violent things were until the six o’clock news,” he said.
Master builders Australia also, it did not issue a standalone press release about the stoushes, but its Victorian boss, Rebecca Casson, was on the radio yesterday early yesterday condemning the protesters as rioters who “do not represent our industry and do not speak for our workforce. “.
Long One nation administrator and former candidate for the senate Steven Burgess left the South Australia branch, saying “there’s no room for anyone else” because Pauline Hanson’s former adviser jennifer game it will get “every winning place”.
Game says it’s not up to her where she goes on the ticket.
“I can put my hat in the ring, but the federal party decides,” he says.
The protest in Melbourne has now migrated south of the Yarra heading towards the Shrine of Remembrance from St Kilda Road.
The hundreds of gathered protesters lined up the steps of the shrine. The people on the megaphones are telling those who have gathered to remain calm and respectful.
Police are converging on the site, but they weren’t there waiting, unlike the first day the police covered up the CBD.
There is noticeably less hi-vis among those gathered than on Tuesday, but there are still some people in hi-vis.
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