The Federal Government’s announcement in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) that it is cutting a $2.4 million dollar program to retrain forestry workers will send a shiver down the spine of workers from Holden and Ford, according to the CFMEU.
Over the next 2 years up to 700 workers, their families and communities will be negatively impacted by the cut.
“When large job losses occur, workers need a hand up to get back to work,” said Michael O’Connor National Secretary of the CFMEU.
A Federal Court ruling that mining giant Peabody’s sacking of three mineworkers due to union activity was illegal sends a clear message to employers to back off from targeting unionists, the Miners Union said today.
The three workers, who are union workplace representatives, will return to work at the North Goonyella mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin next week.