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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. 

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Youth unemployment on the rise and apprenticeships on the decline.

Youth unemployment on the rise and apprenticeships on the decline: urgent action needed 

Recent figures from the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER), show a 14.2% decrease in the take up rates of apprenticeships from the previous year.

The numbers pertaining to construction are even more alarming as a recent environmental scan conducted by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) report completions of apprenticeships in that sector are down by 18%.

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Whistleblower Claims 457 Visa Worker Abuses At Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Project

Whistleblower Claims 457 Visa Worker Abuses At Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Project

Serious allegations of abuses of the 457 visa system and workers at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore project have been referred to the Federal Government by the CFMEU National Office.

The CFMEU has received a detailed complaint from a whistleblower on the Roy Hill project. The whistleblower alleges that:

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VIDEO: Lend Lease need to start putting worker safety ahead of profits.

The CFMEU announced today it is conducting safety audits on all Lend Lease sites around Australia in the wake of the Barangaroo fire where inadequate evacuation plans meant workers were not accounted for, for 2.5 hours.

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All Lend Lease sites subject to safety audit by CFMEU

The CFMEU announced today it is conducting safety audits on all Lend Lease sites around Australia in the wake of the Barangaroo fire where inadequate evacuation plans meant workers were not accounted for, for 2.5 hours.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the union had a responsibility to ensure the safety of workers on Lend Lease sites, following evidence of poor safety practices in relation to fires on two sites in New South Wales.

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Productivity Commission wading into political territory

The CFMEU has accused the Productivity Commission of wading into political territory when, in their draft report on public infrastructure, they recommend that the Victorian Construction Code be adopted nationally.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the Victorian Code was not an economic blueprint for improved productivity but a transparently political policy designed to reduce trade union influence.