A key industry lobby group has thrown its support behind the federal government’s proposed changes to industrial relations laws in the construction industry in Australia, claiming the changes would go a long way toward preventing cost blowouts on large scale projects and would help ensure taxpayers derive fair value for their money invested in major infrastructure projects.

In its submission to the government’s Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, which is strongly supported by building industry groups but opposed by unions, Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) says the Bill would have a ‘very positive’ effect in terms of reining in militant union behaviour. In a…