The CFMEU has called on the Federal Government to increase funding for rehabilitation programs for people with substance abuse problems if they really care about the health of construction workers.
The union is making the call in response to Senator Abetz’s bill to introduce drug and alcohol testing as part of the building code.
CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan said he welcomes Mr Abetz’s interest in the welfare of construction workers.
September 17 2015
The CFMEU today succeeded in getting an injunction against the Australian Federal Police from handling, viewing or copying any of the material or data seized during the raid on the CFMEU Canberra office on 25 August.
Acting Justice Robinson of the ACT Supreme court said the CFMEU had an ‘arguable case’ in respect of its contentions that the issuing and execution of the search warrants was unlawful.
The CFMEU is suing the Australian Federal Police over the Royal Commission Police Taskforce raid on the CFMEU office in Canberra last month.
The CFMEU claims the AFP search and seizure of material on 25 August 2015 was unlawful.
The CFMEU is seeking an urgent injunction to stop the AFP from examining or using the seized material until its case can be heard.
The union’s injunction application will be heard at the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at 2pm by Chief Justice Helen Murrell.
CFMEU Construction Division National Secretary Dave Noonan said:
CFMEU member Mike "Wishy" Wishart has been retrenched by National Cranes SA on Friday 28th August 2015 after 8 years service and they are refusing to pay him redundancy pay.
Not one cent for redundancy even though they say he is redundant.
The company is part of the McAleese Group, a major Australian publicly listed company.
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
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