The Australian community – including unions and union members – who've campaigned for the retention of the Low Income Superannuation Contribution (LISC) have chalked up a major victory for working people today, with the Palmer United Party indicating it will join Labor, the Greens and other Senators in not supporting the removal of the concession.
The CFMEU has welcomed Clive Palmer's announcement today that his Party will join with Senators Madigan and Xenophon in not supporting the repeal of the LISC as part of the abolition of the mining tax.
This morning Dave Noonan spoke with Jon Faine regarding allegations that have been made in the media regarding the CFMEU Vic branch. These allegations are a smoke screen and a ramp up for the Royal Commission hearings to be held in Victoria next week. Hear what Dave Noonan had to say about it this morning:
The CFMEU has today received media inquiries from several media outlets regarding claims that will allegedly be aired in Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission in hearings next week.
According to the leaked information to journalists, the commission will show a so-called “explosive” video of Victorian Secretary John Setka at a meeting regarding the Pentridge Prison construction site.
Other allegations about the employment of Mr Setka’s friend and a brother-in-law will also reportedly be made.
Employers will have easier access to 457 visas for Korean workers while Australian workers will have fewer protections and less job security under the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA).
Under KAFTA, the Abbott Government has committed to granting 457 visas to Korean nationals with certain trade, technical or professional skills with no employer obligation to first look for qualified Australian workers, and no requirement to prove that none were available.
But in a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry looking into the deal, the CFMEU has argued that the loose wording of the Agreement would cover all Korean workers at trade level and above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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