MP sees red over green card
A POOR information campaign by the State Government has left many North Coast builders and other tradesmen facing large fines, according to Clarence MP Steve Cansdell, and he is asking the Government to show some flexibility and commonsense.
He said contractors were supposed to have their green card or induction certificates re-issued by March 31, but few of them were informed of the requirement and many now face a $500 fine and a day's official training costing a further $135 plus lost productivity for each affected employee.
"Most contractors who met the Government's March 31 deadline simply had their paperwork renewed automatically," he said.
"I went to Industrial Relations Minister John Della Bosca's office on Thursday and pleaded for a two month extension of the deadline."
Mr Cansdell said a number of Clarence electricians and other tradesmen had approached him and said: 'We did not know about this. It is only through word-of-mouth around the sites that we found out about it. What can we do?'
"When they contacted the department it said: 'Hard luck. You have got to go out and get it.'
"I very much hope commonsense prevails and the minister sorts this mess out."