The Victorian government in Australia has announced a two-week shutdown of the construction industry after a protest against mandatory vaccines for workers in the sector became violent.
The Guardian newspaper says the closure across metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong, the Surf Coast, Ballarat and Mitchell Shire was decided on Monday night after the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) building was damaged and riot police deployed in central Melbourne.
The Master Builders Association of Victoria said in a Facebook post the government was concerned about “an increase in Covid-19 transmissions in the building and construction industry, combined with the riots in the central district”.
The building and construction industry is the fourth largest sector in Victoria, accounting for 46% of the state’s tax revenue and employing more than 320,000 Victorians. Projected costs of the industry shut down amount to $455m a day, and $63m in lost wages.
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