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.
A young worker has tragically died after falling 30 metres from scaffolding at the Barangaroo construction site in Sydney this morning.
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.
Adelaide office will be closed from Friday 20th December 2013 and will reopen Monday 6th January 2014
The CFMEU would like to wish all its members and families, a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Stay Safe
The CFMEU would like to thank all those who generously contributed towards a valued CFMEU member’s battle with cancer.
A fantastic effort by all on the NRAH and Convention Centre sites, with a total of $2,412.00 being raised.
On behalf of all the CFMEU membership we would like to wish him well.
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The Federal Government’s announcement in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) that it is cutting a $2.4 million dollar program to retrain forestry workers will send a shiver down the spine of workers from Holden and Ford, according to the CFMEU.
Over the next 2 years up to 700 workers, their families and communities will be negatively impacted by the cut.
“When large job losses occur, workers need a hand up to get back to work,” said Michael O’Connor National Secretary of the CFMEU.
A Federal Court ruling that mining giant Peabody’s sacking of three mineworkers due to union activity was illegal sends a clear message to employers to back off from targeting unionists, the Miners Union said today.
The three workers, who are union workplace representatives, will return to work at the North Goonyella mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin next week.
CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan is this week raising his voice against the modern day slavery he has just witnessed in Qatar.
And he is asking the Australian football community not to look the other way, ignoring this human tragedy.
Dave was in Qatar as part of an International Trade Union delegation in early December.
“The beautiful game will be poisoned if it is built on the base of slavery in Qatar,” construction union leader, Dave Noonan, warned.
Read more of Dave Noonan's experiences from Qatar: Working Life: A Message to Aussie soccer fans by Andrew Casey
The CFMEU is appalled at the announced closure of Holden by 2017.
“Our thoughts go out to all the workers and their families who will be facing a bleak future this Christmas,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.
“The failure of the Abbott Government in the face of this crisis will be disastrous for thousands of Holden workers, and for the automotive industry in this country which employs 50,000 people.
The CFMEU will be protesting outside the offices of John Holland today in relation to unpaid wages for 180 workers from the Urban Superway project in South Australia.
The workers, who were employed by a sub contractor who has gone missing, are owed more than $750,000 in lost wages, superannuation, annual leave and other entitlements. Workers who had child support arrangements had the money taken out of their pay, that never went to their children.
CFMEU SA Secretary Aaron Cartledge said that the union had made every effort to negotiate with John Holland to no avail.
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