A worker has taken his own life at a Melbourne building site hours after the construction industry was shut down, sparking widespread anger.
Hundreds of workers in hi-vis vests protested outside CFMEU headquarters in Melbourne on Tuesday before taking to the streets of Melbourne to protest mandatory vaccines and for Dan Andrews and John Setka to step down.
Workers are being forced to get the jab before Friday or face getting fired.
Demonstrators clashed with police for a second consecutive day running, several hours after a man’s body was found at a worksite in West Melbourne.
It’s understood the man took his own life at the Crema Construction site on Spencer Street shortly after 7am, hours after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews shut down the industry for two weeks and CFMEU boss John Setka falsely called hard struggling workers ‘fake tradies’ and ‘man-baby Nazis.’ Which of course the media was all too happy to run without fact-checking.
‘Sadly the man, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene,’ a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.
It’s understood workers were asked to return to the building site early Tuesday to collect their tools, according to a post being circulated among tradies on Telegram chats.
‘Breaks my f***in heart. His blood is on Dan Andrews’ hands,’ the post read.
‘May you rest in peace and your mind be at ease brother. Today we protest in your name and in your honour.’
A source told the Herald Sun: ‘This wasn’t a workplace accident, it was a suicide’.
Crema Constructions declined to comment about the man’s death.
Worksafe is investigating the death while police will prepare a report for the Coroner.