International union delegation concludes four day visit to Qatar
1 December 2013, Doha: On the eve of the third anniversary of Qatar winning the controversial bid to host the 2022 World Cup, an international trade union delegation to the gulf state finds no improvement in living and working conditions of migrant workers.
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said international pressure is growing. Governments, human rights organisations and FIFA have all called for fundamental workers’ rights and an end to the Kafala system.
One of the CFMEU's finest organisers will be fittingly remembered tomorrow, Friday November 29, with the Justin Feehan Memorial Tribute Plate race at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne at 7.15pm.
Justin passed away on July 6 this year following a brave battle with melanoma cancer. Tomorrow would have been his 45th birthday.
The CFMEU today pays tribute to Assistant Divisional Secretary Lindsay Fraser AM for his many years' service to construction workers, this Union and Australia's construction industry.
"Lindsay is truly a legend of our Union and the labour movement," said Dave Noonan, CFMEU Construction National Secretary.
"He has worked at the heart of the real measures needed to improve the industry; safety, skills, education and opportunity for construction workers. That’s why we are so proud of him.
"He leaves behind a legacy of principled unionism, his ability to always put the interests of workers and the union first,"
Read the full story of this "Quiet Achiever" on this website.
A surge in profits generated during Australia’s decade-long mining investment boom has failed to deliver the long-term economic benefits Australians deserve, according to a new report into the economic benefits of the resources boom.
The Australian Resources Boom: Sharing the Benefits by SGS Economics and Planning shows that record mining company profits have far outstripped growth in resource taxes and royalties. Meanwhile, the array of deductions available to mining companies leave them with a corporate tax rate lower than any other industry.
Strengthening the superannuation system, not raising the pension age to 70, should be the way the Government deals with budget pressures as the population ages, the ACTU said.
“The Government should reduce the superannuation tax concessions that disproportionately benefit high income earners and move as quickly as possible to compulsory 12 per cent superannuation contributions to ensure that ordinary workers can afford a decent standard of living in retirement," said ACTU President Ged Kearney.
CFMEU QLD/NT organiser Brynn Williams and site delegate Renelle Innes have been awarded Emma Miller Awards for their outstanding contribution to the Queensland labour movement.
CFMEU Construction congratulates both on their achievements.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today welcomed action by Coalition Member of Parliament for Gippsland Darren Chester to champion local jobs and the paper manufacturing industry in Federal Parliament.
Mr. Chester yesterday presented a petition to the Federal Parliament, which had been organised by the CFMEU, containing 4,300 signatures from amongst his electorate. The petition raised the signatures in one week.
It called for the altering of government procurement policy for paper products, to move to a “true best value proposition” in procurement, which took into account the socioeconomic and environmental benefits of using domestically produced paper products.
The CFMEU wishes to appoint a full-time Digital Communications Officer responsible for website and social media communications with its members and the wider community.
The Digital Communications Officer will play a hands-on role in managing all electronic communications by CFMEU Construction National Office – including posting to the Union’s Social Media outlets and its website pages and creating the material used on those outlets.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said today that the 457 Visa ‘Labour Market Testing’ (LMT) system announced by the Abbott Government was a cruel hoax on Australian workers, especially young people.
The CFMEU has called for a full investigation into John Holland’s suitability to hold a Comcare licence and an investigation into safety on every one of their sites.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the revelations in The Australian today, regarding the deplorable safety standards on the Brisbane Airport Link site that commenced in 2008 and saw the tragic death of a worker, require a thorough investigation by all the regulatory authorities.
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