The CFMEU is calling on the Queensland Government to introduce industrial manslaughter charges and sentencing for workplace fatalities and serious injuries.
This Friday, 27th February 2015, sentencing is scheduled to be handed down at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court to Allscaff Systems Pty Ltd and the director Ralph Michael Smith after the 2008 deaths of two workers on a Gold Coast construction site.
Chris Gear and Steve Sayer died after the swing stage scaffold they were working out of plummeted 26 stories to the ground after a malfunction.
Australian passports and birth certificates will no longer be produced with Australian made paper, as the Shoalhaven region loses an iconic local industry with today's announcement by Australian Paper that it will close the Shoalhaven paper mill at Bomaderry.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, which campaigned to save the mill - the only paper mill in the country that makes security grade papers used by the Federal Government - said the closure was entirely avoidable.
With the deluge of unsafe imports from China looming if the China Australia Free Trade Agreement is signed, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is urging Abbott Government to deliver on its election commitment to ensure that imported building products comply with Australian Standards.
De Martin & Gasparini workers have won their battle against multi-national Boral and De Martin and Gasparini for a Union Agreement.
After rejecting a substandard, non-union agreement put to them before Christmas, workers took protected action to secure decent wages and conditions for themselves and their families.
The De Martin & Gasparini workers proved the power in standing together as CFMEU members and fighting for their rights and conditions.
Despite report after report showing the dangers of the construction industry, the Government spends their energy regulating the unions who fight for workers' safety rather than caring for the families who lose their loved ones. view video
The CFMEU notes that the report of the Royal Commission released today contains a number of findings relating to CFMEU officials with recommendations that matters be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and other agencies.
The Royal Commission is not a court of law and does not exercise judicial power.
Its interim report makes no specific recommendations for legislative change and does not make any findings of corruption against any CFMEU official.
Damning new evidence provided to the Royal Commission by the CFMEU this week has cast serious doubt on the credibility of a key anti-union witness.
Commissioner Dyson Heydon has now deferred findings relating to the evidence of Andrew Zaf.
The CFMEU urges the Commission to make the new material available to the public.
The CFMEU has called on the Royal Commission to reject biased and unsubstantiated submissions of the Counsel Assisting and make findings based on facts.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan described the submissions and their recommendations as a complete whitewash, fuelled by anti-union prejudice.
“This Commission was set up, funded, and had its terms dictated by the Abbott Liberal Government,” Mr Noonan said. “Nobody should be surprised that these submissions line up with a predetermined outcome and deliver exactly what was expected of them.
The fiance of construction worker Tom Takurua has condemned the fine handed down by the court to Thiess for her husband’s death as ‘insulting’.
Krystle Ross said the verdict handed down yesterday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court – a fine of $120,000 after the company pleaded guilty to causing her husband’s death, was indicative of a failure in the legal system.
“Thiess have been to court 13 times to try and save their corporate name, appealing time & again in order to have the charges rewritten to lessen the severity of them” she said.
Statement from CFMEU re: announcement of joint taskforce to investigate criminal activity in the construction industry and unions
The CFMEU has no tolerance for corruption and has consistently said it will cooperate with any police investigation into criminal activity in the construction industry.
In January 2014, the CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan wrote to Victorian Police Commissioner, Ken Lay and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, expressing the union’s willingness to assist the police in their work.
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