The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union today joined workers and their families from the Bendigo Hospital Project as they converged on the headquarters of Australia’s largest construction company Lend Lease to demand unpaid wages.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is again calling for a broad-ranging national corruption watchdog after polling showed almost two-thirds of voters support a national regulator.
The Research Now poll showed 65 per cent of voters supported a national corruption body but only 11 per cent support a building industry taskforce.
More than $100,000 has been raised so far by construction workers around the state as the CFMEU launches its 6th Hard Hankie Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The ‘Hard Hat Hankie’ appeal represents the efforts of Victoria’s construction workers who come together each year to raise funds and make a contribution to the Good Friday Appeal.
In the last five years, the CFMEU has raised a total of $625,000 through selling specifically designed merchandise, rattling buckets on site, raffles and other creative initiatives.
Three charges against Queensland CFMEU organiser Justin Steele, laid by the Trade Union Royal Commission Police Taskforce in May last year, have been dropped.
The CFMEU welcomed the news of what is now the fifth instance of failed charges by the Police Taskforce.
Ahead of his appearance today at the National Press Club where he will be debating with AIG head Innes Willlox on the federal election industrial relations battlefield, CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave
None of the arguments put up by the Liberal Government in support of the ABCC stack up, according to the
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan, who appeared before the Senate Education and Employment Committee today, said the ABCC would discriminate against one group of workers by
imposing harsher penalties that do not apply to the rest of the workforce and would provide no benefit to the industry.
Stop wasting police resources, says CFMEU, after another failed charge by Trade Union Royal Commission Police Taskforce
The CFMEU has welcomed a decision by the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions not to pursue charges against Queensland official, Andrew Sutherland over an industrial issue from three years ago.
The union also renewed calls for the Government to stop wasting police resources over purely industrial matters.
The charge that was laid by the Trade Union Royal Commission Police in mid 2015 related to an incident in November 2012 that was dealt with at the time by the Fair Work Building Commission.
The CFMEU can confirm that John Setka and Shaun Reardon were arrested by police attached to the Royal Commission taskforce on Sunday morning.
Dave Noonan, National Secretary of the Construction Division also confirmed that "500 Swanston St is the address of the Victorian branch of the union where both men work from about 7am every week day. I thought the police might be able to Google that, but apparently not".
The CFMEU has welcomed the findings of the report by the Senate Economics References Committee into insolvency in the construction industry, tabled yesterday in the Federal Parliament.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that many workers and small businesses finally feel that they are being heard and something may be done to ensure that they are paid for work that they perform.
The CFMEU has called for an end to the politicization of the Australian Federal Police following a victory for the union in the ACT Supreme Court today.
A Supreme court judge has ruled that the AFP breached legal requirements during the AFP’s raid on the ACT CFMEU office in August 2015.
Justice Richard Refshauge orderd the AFP to pay the CFMEU’s legal costs.
ACT CFMEU Secretary Dean Hall hailed the decision as a win for workers, the union and civil liberties.
The CFMEU has called on employers in the construction industry to take care in the rush up to Christmas.
National CFMEU Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that many workers were under pressure by their employers to get jobs finished before Christmas, putting themselves at higher risk of injury.
“There have been seven fatalities in the industry around the country in the last two weeks. This is an extraordinarily high number in such a short space of time even for a high risk industry such as ours,” he said.
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