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Created Fri 29/05/2015, Last Updated Fri 29/05/2015

Urgent, state-by-state audits called for on dangerous imported cladding

The CFMEU has written to every state and territory government calling for urgent audits to be undertaken on the use of a dangerous imported aluminium cladding product.

The product was used to cover the external walls of the Lacrosse Apartments Complex at Docklands in Melbourne, which caught alight last year. The cladding proved highly combustible, resulting in the rapid spread of fire. Four hundred people were evacuated from the building and were lucky to escape serious harm.

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Created Thu 28/05/2015, Last Updated Fri 29/05/2015

Statement regarding allegations in parliament 28/5/15

Christopher Pyne’s allegations regarding CFMEU Victorian Assistant Secretary, Shaun Reardon, made in Parliament today, have no foundation in truth.

The allegation originally made by Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) head, Mr Hadgkiss before a Senate Committee in February, is that Mr Reardon made late night threatening phone calls to a female staff member of the FWBC in 2009. Mr Hadgkiss made these claims under parliamentary privilege because he knows, were he to repeat them outside this forum, he would be sued.

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Created Thu 28/05/2015, Last Updated Thu 28/05/2015

Passing of John Melksham

E.G. (John) Melksham passed away last Tuesday, 20th May 2015.

Born in Brisbane 30th July 1934, John left home at the age of 13 to go droving in the Queensland bush.

Doing a raft of different jobs, John ended up in Melbourne working at Armitage Ware (later Caroma) in Coburg in 1960. Union involvement soon led to John taking up the position of Shop Steward and he became active on the executive of the Victorian branch of the Federated Brick Tile and Pottery Industrial Union of Australia.