More than 1,500 jobs have been lost across Victoria since 2000 as excessive wage rises under enterprise bargaining agreements have seen labourers in the construction sector paid almost double their counterparts in other sectors and have costed Victorians much needed social infrastructure, according to a building industry lobby group.

Releasing a report prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, the Master Builders Association of Victoria said wage rises and EBAs were out of proportion to productivity gains or the remuneration earned by non-managerial staff in other sectors of the economy. “Union EBA carpenters and entry-level labourers are now paid far more…