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Created Thu 13/02/2014, Last Updated Fri 14/02/2014

Five things Tony Abbott could do TODAY to help keep Australian jobs

Unemployment is now at its highest level for 10 years, yet there is no plan to stop the losses in manufacturing and construction, or do anything about dodgy imports that undermine local production, the National Secretary of the CFMEU, Michael O’Connor said today.

Mr O’Connor has detailed five things Tony Abbott could immediately do to help keep Australian jobs.

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Created Mon 10/02/2014, Last Updated Mon 10/02/2014

Royal Commission into unions: Abbott’s back door to cut wages and conditions

Media Release

10 February 2014

The $100 million Royal Commission into unions is nothing but a political stunt designed to create a smokescreen for the Abbott Government to cut wages and conditions of Australian workers, the CFMEU said today.

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Created Thu 6/02/2014, Last Updated Thu 6/02/2014

Napthine Government singling out Construction workers

Media Release

5 February 2014

The CFMEU is calling on the Napthine Government to stop singling out construction workers in response to media reports regarding drug testing on government jobs.

Victorian Secretary John Setka said that there is no evidence in any study on drug and alcohol use that construction workers have a bigger problem than the general community.

“There is no epidemic of drug taking on construction sites.

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Created Tue 28/01/2014, Last Updated Wed 29/01/2014

Statement from National Secretary Dave Noonan

27 January 2014

Statement from National Secretary Dave Noonan

The CFMEU acts in the interests of workers in the construction industry at all times.

Our officials work hard to recover millions of dollars in pay and entitlements for workers every year.

The vast majority of our officials are hardworking people who are dedicated to improving the lives of construction workers.

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Legendary 1960s BLF Secretary Pat Malone (in suit) with members on Point Henry aluminium smelter in 1962 following a successful dispute over wages. Joe Pearl stands two places to Pat’s left and BLF organiser Marco Masterson is on the far right of picture.
Created Thu 23/01/2014, Last Updated Fri 24/01/2014

Back in the day.

A while back the office of the CFMEU Worker received a BLF journal from the early 1960s that contained some great yarns.

It had been passed on by Joe Pearl, a retired member from Geelong, who dug it out of the union archives at Melbourne University. When they got in touch with Joe, he gave them some stories of his own from the days when the Builders Labourers Federation was a rising force.

From injuries to victories, Joe's yarns tell of a time far removed from where we are today. He speaks fondly and proudly of what was a time of great transformation in the industry.

You can read Joe's stories, and see the BLF journal straight out of the 1960's on our Vic branch's site by clicking here.

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35 work in exposed areas ceases. 37 degrees, unless air conditioned, work ceases
Created Tue 14/01/2014, Last Updated Fri 24/01/2014

Know What to Do When Things Heat Up at Work

Working in the heat is dangerous. On all CFMEU sites your safety comes first, but you need to know what to look out for and stay safe.

Workers should be alerted to possible extreme or excess heat conditions by the responsible contractor (PCBU), Site Manager, Chair or Deputy Chair of the Work Health Safety Committee (WHS), before commencing work or as soon as is practicable after work commences.

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Created Tue 14/01/2014, Last Updated Tue 14/01/2014

Industry push to bring in overseas workers wrong solution to Australia’s skills needs

The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union has rejected a push by the Australian Industry Group to increase Australia’s skilled migration intake, describing it as the wrong solution that fails both Australian young people and the nation’s long-term skills needs.

CFMEU Construction Division assistant national secretary Brad Parker said the push by Ai Group was not based on a sound case that Australia faces shortages. In fact, the Coalition Government is projecting the very opposite – that is, rising unemployment and weakening labour demand in Australia.  Industry is simply attempting to undermine local workers' wages and conditions.

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Created Thu 9/01/2014, Last Updated Mon 13/01/2014

Tragic start to the working year as a young worker falls to his death at Sydney’s Barangaroo

A young worker has tragically died after falling 30 metres from scaffolding at the Barangaroo construction site in Sydney this morning.

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CFMEU Construction WA Branch Secretary Mick Buchan
Created Mon 30/12/2013, Last Updated Mon 13/01/2014

Second death at Pilbara site in six months demands thorough and immediate investigation

The second death in the space of just three months at Fortescue Metals' Christmas Creek mine in the Pilbara is an extremely disturbing development that demands immediate investigation, West Australian Secretary of the CFMEU Construction Division Mick Buchan said today.