It was no surprise to the CFMEU to read about Chinese workers employed unlawfully as plasterers in the Victorian construction industry and their exploitation as reported on the front page of The Sunday Age last week.
Around Australia, the CFMEU has encountered numerous instances of Chinese plasterers, both lawful and unlawful, being employed by unscrupulous employers taking advantage of the workers’ visa status, lack of knowledge of their rights, their pay and conditions.
International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future while also recognising the existence of a range of barriers to women achieving equality and economic security.
The CFMEU recognises that women have made gains in realising some basic rights, but that inequalities persist and continue to disadvantage women. This is evidenced by the fact that women, on average earn $1 million less than men over a lifetime.
The CFMEU has accused Theiss of a cover up regarding safety after the company called the police on a union organiser yesterday who tried to get on the Regional Rail Link site.
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that there had been a culture of covering up bad safety practices on the job for some time which the union had fought to address.
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