The CFMEU has welcomed the decision today of the Senate in the Federal Parliament to vote down the bill to reestablish the ABCC.
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the defeat of the bill is a vote for equal rights for workers in the construction industry and a vote against discrimination.
“The union has maintained that laws pertaining to the ABCC are undemocratic and unnecessary given that there are industrial laws that cover all workers in Australia – and construction workers should not be subject to different laws.
The bill to restore the ABCC is an attempt by the Prime Minister to divert attention away from his failing leadership, the poor performance of his government and the bad polls, according to the CFMEU.
CFMEU Construction National Secretary Mr Noonan said the timing of the bill – due to go before the Senate next week – is about distracting the public from the problems plaguing the Abbott Government.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) is calling on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to drop a charge laid against a CFMEU organiser for doing nothing more than advocating higher wages for the Union’s members.
ACT based construction organiser John Lomax has been charged over an Enterprise Agreement negotiated between the CFMEU and Canberra painting company Nel Trading and its principal, Woong Yul Park.
The arrest of ACT CFMEU official John Lomax for trying to negotiate better pay and conditions for workers is an absolute disgrace, according to CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
“It is unprecedented and an absolute disgrace that the Abbott Government is using the police to intervene in what is purely an industrial matter,” he said.
“Mr Lomax was arrested this morning. He was denied the right to have a lawyer present during the time he was at the police station. He has not been provided with any written document setting out allegations against him.”
The allegations of bribery heard today at the Royal Commission in Canberra are serious and should be referred to the police.
Both parties to the alleged bribes which were the subject of evidence today should be prosecuted and dealt with by criminal courts.
The CFMEU does not tolerate corruption in its ranks and as we have consistently maintained, if there is an investigation, the police will have the full cooperation of the union.
MR Halafihi Kivalu is no longer employed by the CFMEU.
He is not supported or represented by the union in these proceedings.
The recent passing of Jack Cambourn, former National and New South Wales Secretary of the FEDFA was marked by a memorial service at the New South Wales Trades and Labour Council this week.
Jack, one of the luminaries of the Australian union movement and an architect of the
CFMEU was born in Balmain and spent his life struggling for the advancement of the
Research conducted in seven marginal electorates in NSW, QLD, Victoria and South Australia has found that the overwhelming majority of voters do not support the China Australia Free Trade Agreement when they become aware of three elements of the deal.
The research was commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The Agreement, which was signed on Wednesday, allows:
The CFMEU today hit back at claims by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry that the CFMEU was lying about the potential impact of the China Free Trade Agreement.
"Given that Queensland's unemployment rate is the highest in the country and that the youth unemployment rate is as high as 20% in some regional areas you would think that Ms Landry would do her homework," the CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor commented.
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