Australian workers are under attack.
Malcolm Turnbull has:
- Brought back the ABCC to cut wages and conditions for construction workers
- Slashed Sunday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers
- Casualised work and slashed job security
- Allowed rampant wage theft by bad employers
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In the last three weeks, the Australian construction industry has been rocked by the deaths of five workers. It is proposed by the union that on Thursday the 3rd of November, construction workers come together on sites across the country and wear black arm bands as a sign of respect for those we’ve lost.
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The CFMEU is calling for an urgent halt to the Government’s free trade talks with India due to the risk of even more deadly asbestos flooding into Australia.
The union has written to Trade Minister Steven Ciobo calling for an immediate and urgent suspension of negotiations.
The call follows the spike of imported building products from China including asbestos contaminated roof panels discovered during the construction of a children’s hospital in Perth.
“The CFMEU can confirm that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission this morning executed a search warrant seeking documents in relation to the Competition and Consumer Act.
This appears to follow from a case study conducted by the Heydon Royal Commission. It should be noted that the Royal Commission was unable to conclude that the CFMEU had breached the Competition and Consumer Act.
A decision handed down in the Federal Court today found that the Royal Commission taskforce conducted themselves “unreasonably” in the raids carried out at the Queensland Branch of the CFMEU.
The Federal Police failed to fulfil their legal obligation to allow the CFMEU to make claims of legal professional privilege over any of the digital information seized in the raid. The court rightly identified this inexplicable departure from process as unreasonable conduct by the AFP.
Two more cases brought against the CFMEU by the Trade Union Royal Commission Police have failed in court in Brisbane this week.
On Monday, CFMEU official Chad Bragdon was found Not Guilty of intimidating or obstructing a Commonwealth official and on Wednesday CFMEU official Mark O’Brien was found to have no case to answer in relation to obstructing a Commonwealth Official.
A call from Queensland Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller for a Royal Commission into Black Lung disease has been welcomed in mining communities across the state as more workers get diagnosed, and the scourge of the resurgent deadly disease continues to spread.
CFMEU Mining and Energy Division Queensland District President Stephen Smyth said a full and independent Royal Commission was the only way to get to the bottom of the regulatory failures that allowed Black Lung disease to return.
Workers and future patients at risk
The new Perth Children’s Hospital atrium roof is riddled with a dangerous asbestos product imported from China.
The product imported by the company YUANDA is a fibrous based material that is used as a filler to stop vibrations between the external cladding and internal panelling.
CFMEU WA state secretary Mick Buchan says: “Our immediate concern is for the workers who have installed this product and also for the potential on-going health risks to workers and future
patients at the hospital.
In an announcement that is sending shockwaves through the mining industry, a report from medical experts investigating rates of Black Lung disease amongst Australian miners has revealed the problem is much worse than anticipated.
The first comprehensive review into a sample of 248 miner x-rays and health records has revealed that 18 cases have returned results showing Black Lung disease - in addition to the existing 11 cases that have been confirmed by the Queensland government.
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