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Created Fri 19/09/2014, Last Updated Fri 19/09/2014

CFMEU calls on Abbott to fight crime instead of attacking workers’ rights

The CFMEU today called on the Abbott Government to properly fund law enforcement agencies – at both the state and federal level - so that that police are properly funded to fight crime.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan made the call following claims made yesterday at the Royal Commission into Trade Unions from Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Stephen Fontana.

“The police have an important job to do and are supported in this by the community and by the CFMEU,” he said.

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Created Thu 18/09/2014, Last Updated Thu 18/09/2014

Statement from CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan 18/9

The Victorian Police have a very important job to do in tackling organised crime and have the full support of the CFMEU. 

In his appearance at the Trade Union Royal Commission today, Assistant Commissioner Fontana was able to provide no evidence or detail to back up broad allegations of criminality among union officials in the construction industry. 

The CFMEU’s clear position is that we have zero tolerance for corruption or criminal activity in the union.

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Created Thu 18/09/2014, Last Updated Thu 18/09/2014

CFMEU letters & documentation regarding allegations of lawlessness

The CFMEU has repeatedly appealed to police and government authorities to investigate allegations of crime in the construction industry.

Created Wed 17/09/2014, Last Updated Wed 17/09/2014

CFMEU outlines serious concerns about Royal Commission procedures.

Letters to the Royal Commission 

The CFMEU’s legal team has provided letters to the Royal Commission outlining serious concerns about procedure and the investigation of evidence presented to the Commission. The letters are attached in three documents below. 

1. Failure to properly investigate adverse evidence

Letters dated 15 September and 22 July 2014

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Created Tue 16/09/2014, Last Updated Wed 17/09/2014

Statement from the CFMEU on today’s royal commission hearings 16/9/14

Building Industry 2000 has provided over $200 000 to charitable, community and sporting organisations as well as building workers and their families in need. 

The fund has never donated to the ALP, or provided funding towards elections in other trade unions. 

The following document outlines charitable donations made by Building Industry 2000. This document is being provided to the royal commission.

http://www.cfmeu.asn.au/sites/cfmeu.asn.au/files/downloads/nat/reports/1...

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Created Thu 11/09/2014, Last Updated Thu 11/09/2014

Abbott's 457 changes: destroying employment opportunities for Australians in the midst of a jobs crisis

A widening of the 457 Visa scheme – expected to be announced by the Abbott Government today – would further undermine the working conditions of Australians, removing even more employment opportunities for the half a million people currently looking for full time work.

Unemployment levels are at their highest in 12 years, and youth unemployment is at crisis point – with some regions of the country experiencing up to 30 per cent youth unemployment.

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Created Tue 9/09/2014, Last Updated Tue 9/09/2014

Apprenticeship announcements are a band-aid on a gunshot wound

The Federal Government's announcements on new apprenticeship programs would not go anywherenear addressing the crisis in youth unemployment and Australian apprenticeships, the Construction,Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) National Secretary, Michael O'Connor, said.

"This government has axed a range of apprenticeship programs, including the $1bn Tools For YourTrade program, to help apprentices buy the tools and equipment they need. And billions more have beenripped out of the TAFE system, especially across regional Australia.

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Created Tue 2/09/2014, Last Updated Tue 2/09/2014

Statement from CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan

The Trade Union Royal Commission today heard evidence of conflict between Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) inspectors and construction workers and union officials on building sites. 

Swearing on building sites is nothing new and doesn’t warrant a $53 million Royal Commission. The greater scandal is that industry regulators have been asleep at the wheel. 

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Created Fri 29/08/2014, Last Updated Fri 29/08/2014

Giving employers open slather on overseas workers is a catastrophe for Australia

The Federal Government decision to allow foreign workers with poor English into Australia on low wages will result in less employment, lower wages and more accidents for local workers, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).

CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said today that new "Designated Area Migration Agreements" (DAMAs) would hurt the employment chances of young Australians by allowing employers to use overseas workers to undercut the local labour market.

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Created Tue 26/08/2014, Last Updated Tue 26/08/2014

Crisis in Australian apprenticeships: construction apprenticeships down by almost a third; shortfall of 3,300 mining apprenticeships

An independent analysis commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed a crisis in Australian apprenticeships, with:

  • A national shortfall of mining apprenticeships of 3,300
  • Construction apprenticeships down by 28 percent since 2010
  • The ratio of apprentices to tradespeople in construction at its lowest level since 2003 - 12.4 per cent.

The report found the mining sector would need to increase apprentices by around 37 per cent to match its share of total tradespeople.