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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.