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Manildra workers
Created Tue 21/04/2015, Last Updated Tue 21/04/2015

Companies found abusing overseas workers must be held accountable

Yesterday’s finding by the Fair Work Ombudsman that a group of exploited Chinese and Filipino workers will receive $873,000 in backpay after being exploited by their employer Chia Tung is welcome, but far more needs to be done to bring the company to account and achieve justice for the workers.

The CFMEU, who brought the workers’ plight to the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), said that given the extent of the abuses the company perpetrated against these vulnerable workers, the mere recovery of wages was not enough.

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Created Tue 21/04/2015, Last Updated Tue 21/04/2015

International Workers Memorial Day

Since its origins in Canada in the 1980s, International Workers Memorial Day on 28 April has become a global occasion of remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work.

Globally, the International Labour Organisation estimates that 2.34 million people die each year from work-related accidents and diseases. From these fatalities, the majority or 2.02 million are from occupational and work-related diseases. Hazardous substances kill 440,000 workers annually – asbestos claims 100,000 lives.

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Created Tue 31/03/2015, Last Updated Tue 31/03/2015

Large block of stone falls 25 metres from Grocon site

A large block of stone has plummeted 25 metres from a Grocon building site at Martin Place in the second near-miss at the busy CBD site in just under two months.

The accident happened at the busiest time of day and according to CFMEU Safety Co-ordinator Mick Preston it is pure luck no one was killed.

The stone narrowly missed six workers on its way down and caused extensive damage to scaffolding before it landed just centimetres inside the site boundary.

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As a member of the CFMEU, you get access to a whole range of special deals from ME Bank
Created Fri 27/03/2015, Last Updated Fri 27/03/2015

ME Bank is offering some fantastic deals to CFMEU members

Did you know that, as a member of the CFMEU, you get access to a whole range of special deals from ME Bank?

We’re not like other banks. We were created by industry super funds, to help members of funds and unions get access to fairer, more customer-oriented banking.

That’s why ME Bank runs a dedicated program of offers just for members of unions and industry super funds.

Click here to see what’s available to you right now.

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Created Thu 26/03/2015, Last Updated Thu 26/03/2015

CFMEU proposal for new impairment policy includes drug and alcohol testing

The CFMEU construction division is today announcing its proposal for an impairment policy in the industry. The policy – which for the first time includes a proposal for drug and alcohol testing - focuses on safety in the workplace.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the union was consulting with the membership about the policy and stressed that testing was just one component of their proposal. “

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Created Thu 19/03/2015, Last Updated Thu 19/03/2015

Statement from the CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O’Connor, in response to allegations made under Parliamentary privilege

The CFMEU has called on Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) Director Nigel Hadgkiss to go to the police with allegations that female FWBC staff were threatened with rape.

These allegations were first raised by Mr Hadgkiss in a Senate Estimates Committee hearing three weeks ago, and were repeated by Senator Abetz in Federal Parliament yesterday (Senate Question Time).

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Created Tue 17/03/2015, Last Updated Tue 17/03/2015

Celebration of a life - Mavis Robertson AM

Mavis Robertson AM  - who sadly passed away at the age of 84 on 17 February - touched the lives of many in the community, especially the superannuation industry.

The family of Mavis would like to invite anyone who knew Mavis to join them in a memorial to celebrate her rich and varied life. Memorials will be held in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Melbourne:
Sunday 15 March, 2015, 3PM
Maurice Rioli Room,
ME Bank Centre,
Richmond Football Club

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Created Fri 27/02/2015, Last Updated Fri 27/02/2015

Wake up call for Abbott Government with Maryvale paper mill now in trouble

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said cost reduction measures announced by the Maryvale Paper mill today would sound alarm bells across the community and industry, and should immediately prompt the Federal Government to replace paper imports across its departments with Australian made paper.

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Created Fri 27/02/2015, Last Updated Fri 27/02/2015

Inadequate penalties: Introduce industrial manslaughter for workplace deaths

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.

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Created Tue 24/02/2015, Last Updated Tue 24/02/2015

Shoalhaven mill closure – too little too late from the Abbott Govt

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.