By Peter Dejong | 9 March 2017 12:35:07The majority of new jobs are in construction and manufacturing, with a little over half of the overall jobs in Australia in manufacturing.

The Bureau of Statistics says there are approximately 18,000 construction jobs, but this excludes many low-paying jobs that are held by people on the construction industry.

“We’re talking about construction jobs that we’re actually not really paying for,” Mr Tull says.

He is referring to a range of services including building materials, building services and construction equipment.

Tull is the director of the National Construction Industry Council, which is the union representing construction workers in Australia.

Its president, Bob Cunliffe, says the union is fighting for a pay rise, but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Cunliff says the industry is struggling, but is also not immune to climate change.

“We are seeing the impact of climate change, we’re seeing the impacts of extreme weather, we are seeing it being more and more difficult for the industry to get its hands on materials,” he said.

So what is the problem?

“The industry needs to have a higher standard of wages to compete in a global marketplace,” Cunlliff said.

“We are a global market, we have to be more global in terms of what we’re paying people, what we pay for materials and how we pay people for services.”

So we’re certainly not immune from climate change.

“Till the end of the year, construction jobs are expected to grow by 1.1 per cent to 2.9 million.

But that will depend on the growth in the industry and whether construction workers can find the skills to do it.

But the industry has been hit hard by the weather, particularly the recent heatwave.

In April, construction fell 3 per cent and by August the figure was 3.3 per cent.

Last year the industry saw its worst month since 2007.

That has led to a rise in the number of construction jobs in the construction sector.

And Cunilliffe says the current situation is unsustainable.

I think we have a situation where the number one thing is the construction worker.

And so we have got to have an increase in the pay for construction workers.

However, he also points out there are also other sectors of the economy that are going to benefit from an increase.

As for what to do about climate change?

Cunniffe says we are doing our best to be resilient to it, but he says the solution lies in getting the economy moving again.

It is important to be able to find solutions to address the impact that we have, which includes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the cost?

Mr Tull’s union says it will be tough to raise wages.

Workers are earning $60,000 less in 2016 than they did in 2007.”

The average Australian earns $72,000, so we’re talking $2,000 per hour less a year,” he says.

He says there’s no immediate fix, and that there is a huge opportunity to get the industry on track.

We have to do a lot better in our pay, he says, to make sure that construction workers are getting the wages they need.

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