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Surveillance of workers an infringement of their civil rights

The CFMEU has condemned Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) Director Nigel Hadgkiss, after he admitted filming workers at rallies in order to take legal action against them.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the covert filming of people for attending protests smacks of a heavy handed and authoritarian approach.

“It is appalling that the government sanctions this attack on the democratic right of people to protest.”

Mr Hadgkiss admitted to the surveillance at a Budget Estimates hearing in Canberra yesterday.

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China Free Trade Agreement will destroy Aussie jobs

A free trade agreement with China that includes a labour mobility clause will destroy work and training opportunities for Australians, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said today.

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor called on the Federal Government to publicly rule out any 457 visa concessions in the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations which are taking place in Canberra this morning.

“If our Government binds us to an agreement that allows Chinese workers to access work in this country, then it cannot be undone. It would constitute an historic betrayal of all Australians, and particularly our young people,” Mr O’Connor said.

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Abbott’s pre-election claim that he is workers’ best friend, yet another lie as government backs taking away workers homes

The CFMEU said that the Prime Minister Tony Abbott can add another notch to his belt of lies, in light of his backing of legal action against workers in West Australia whose assets are under threat if they are unable to pay penalties.

National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that Mr Abbott is on the record as saying before the election that workers had nothing to fear from him, and they would find that he was ‘their best friend.’

“He is supporting a move that puts workers assets-  including their homes- on the line, for something that happened in 2008.

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Dave Noonan speaks to ITUC in Berlin

Dave Noonan, National Secretary of the CFMEU construction division addressed the ITUC on behalf of Australian trade unions.

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Union calls on Abbott Minister to stop slandering apprentices

The CFMEU has called for Abbott Government Minister, Ian Macfarlane to apologise to apprentices for saying they spent their Tools Allowance on tattoos and mag wheels.

The accusation which was printed in the Australian Financial Review was the Minister’s explanation for taking away the Tool for Your Trade Scheme – valued at $5,500 and replacing it with a loan that apprentices will have to pay back once they start working.

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Call for international sporting boycott against Qatar

Football commentator Les Murray has called for an international sporting boycott against Qatar to force changes in the way it treats migrant workers building 2022 World Cup facilities.

Mr Murray made the comments in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil during an address at the annual CFMEU Safety Dinner held last night.

Known as “Mr Football”, Mr Murray has hosted SBS’s The World Game and been involved in all the major sporting events covered by SBS including five World Cup tournaments.

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Record number of 457 Visa workers prompts call to tighten access to visas

The CFMEU has called for tougher rules in the 457 visa program, with the revelation that a record high number of 457 visa holders are now working in Australia.
The union said the program needed tightening to ensure that Australian workers and young people were given priority over temporary visa workers.
Immigration Department figures released late yesterday show there were 111,780 457 visa workers in Australia at 31 March this year – up by 6,180 or 5.9 per cent compared to 12 months ago.
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’
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CFMEU rejects the abolition of the Asbestos Safety Council: too many lives at risk

The CFMEU is calling on the Abbott Government to reject the recommendation of the Commission of Audit to abolish the Asbestos Safety and Education Council.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the Council was established with the support of Senator Abetz in 2013 in order to eradicate asbestos from every workplace and to prevent asbestos related diseases.

“Thousands of our members have lost their lives as a result of working with this deadly substance.

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Workplace Safety At Risk Under Abbot

The Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor today said that recommendations in the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit will mean cuts to workplace health and safety.

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A worker is seriously injured or dies every six minutes in the construction, mining and forestry sectors
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Construction, mining and forestry workers most likely to be seriously injured or killed at work

A worker is seriously injured or dies every six minutes in the construction, mining and forestry sectors, a rate that is 50 per cent higher than for all other industries combined.

That’s the stark message of a new campaign “Stand up. Speak out. Come Home.”, launched Monday, highlighting the importance of speaking up about the dangers of working in some of Australia’s least safe industries. The campaign features real life stories of lives lost and workers incapacitated in construction, mining and forestry jobs.