It was no surprise to the CFMEU to read about Chinese workers employed unlawfully as plasterers in the Victorian construction industry and their exploitation as reported on the front page of The Sunday Age last week.
Around Australia, the CFMEU has encountered numerous instances of Chinese plasterers, both lawful and unlawful, being employed by unscrupulous employers taking advantage of the workers’ visa status, lack of knowledge of their rights, their pay and conditions.
The CFMEU has accused Theiss of a cover up regarding safety after the company called the police on a union organiser yesterday who tried to get on the Regional Rail Link site.
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that there had been a culture of covering up bad safety practices on the job for some time which the union had fought to address.
Another attack on construction workers as Victorian official is hauled into police van for going on site
A Victorian CFMEU organiser was handcuffed and thrown into a police van today when he tried to get on a job in response to a call from workers on the site regarding safety issues.
The organiser was on the job in response to call from a member on the Regional Rail Link job when Thiess management called the police.
The safety issues involved access and egress to a wall that was being pulled and lifting tilt up panels.
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