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Abbott Government breaks promise and goes after Older Workers in Federal Budget

The Abbott Government’s assault on working Australians continues today with news of radical cuts and changes to the Age Pension coming in the Federal Budget.

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Massive Blow to Queensland Workers' Health and Safety Rights as New Laws Pass in Parliament.

Divisional Branch Secretary of the CFMEU Construction and General Qld and NT, Michael Ravbar said the new workplace health and safety laws which were passed through Parliament yesterday are putting the lives of workers at risk. The changes mean that unions now need to give 24 hours notice before they can enter a Queensland work site if they believe there is a Work Health and Safety Act breach. This will only give the employer more time to cover their tracks and hinder a proper investigation.

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Whistleblower Claims 457 Visa Worker Abuses At Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Project

Whistleblower Claims 457 Visa Worker Abuses At Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Project

Serious allegations of abuses of the 457 visa system and workers at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore project have been referred to the Federal Government by the CFMEU National Office.

The CFMEU has received a detailed complaint from a whistleblower on the Roy Hill project. The whistleblower alleges that:

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VIDEO: Lend Lease need to start putting worker safety ahead of profits.

The CFMEU announced today it is conducting safety audits on all Lend Lease sites around Australia in the wake of the Barangaroo fire where inadequate evacuation plans meant workers were not accounted for, for 2.5 hours.

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Created Tue 1/04/2014, Last Updated Wed 2/04/2014

All Lend Lease sites subject to safety audit by CFMEU

The CFMEU announced today it is conducting safety audits on all Lend Lease sites around Australia in the wake of the Barangaroo fire where inadequate evacuation plans meant workers were not accounted for, for 2.5 hours.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the union had a responsibility to ensure the safety of workers on Lend Lease sites, following evidence of poor safety practices in relation to fires on two sites in New South Wales.

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Senators Xenophon and Madigan stand up for Australian jobs

The CFMEU has commended Senators Xenophon and Madigan for their motion to be moved in the Senate this afternoon, that:

“the Government alter Commonwealth procurement policy in order to require all government departments to only use Australian made products where possible, and, in particular, paper products.”

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Created Tue 25/03/2014, Last Updated Tue 25/03/2014

Urgent action on temporary visa workers needed for young West Australians

A new report on youth unemployment has highlighted the need for tighter control of temporary overseas work visa schemes, which are preventing young West Australians from gaining access to jobs.

A Brotherhood of St Lawrence report reveals that 9.7 per cent of 15-24 year olds in WA are unemployed, and the youth unemployment rate in Mandurah of 17.3 per cent puts it in the top 10 worst affected areas in Australia.

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The role of worker representatives in health and safety in Qld coal mines: new study

A new study investigates the role and effectiveness of health & safety reps in Queensland Coal Mines.

Undertaken by the Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre at Cardiff University in Wales, UK, the study specifically focuses on the experience of worker representatives in Queensland, but has implications for the health, safety and wellbeing of mineworkers everywhere.

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Created Wed 19/03/2014, Last Updated Wed 19/03/2014

CFMEU wins on OH&S

At the ACTU awards night on Tuesday, the CFMEU were nominated for and won two awards; both pertaining to the crucial work undertaken by your union in regards to members’ safety.

Retired assistant secretary Lindsay Fraser took out the award for Outstanding Union Official thanks to his unparalleled dedication and hard work, specifically in OH&S. Lindsay served as National Assistant Secretary of the Construction & General Division of the CFMEU for over 23 years.

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Created Mon 17/03/2014, Last Updated Mon 17/03/2014

CFMEU Forestry Division Does Not Endorse Tasmanian Liberals' Forest Plan

The National President of the CFMEU Forestry and Furnishing Products Division, Jane Calvert, said the incoming Tasmanian Liberal Government did not have a mandate to destroy its members’ jobs.

She said the union did not support Premier-elect Will Hodgman’s plan to tear up the Tasmanian Forest Agreement.

“Ending this Agreement will put timber workers’ jobs on the path to destruction,” Ms Calvert said.

“Mr Hodgman does not have our endorsement to destroy jobs.