The number of workers in Australia on 457 visas has remained steady despite rising unemployment and weak jobs growth, according to today's figures from the Immigration Department.
The figures revealed:
Damning new evidence provided to the Royal Commission by the CFMEU this week has cast serious doubt on the credibility of a key anti-union witness.
Commissioner Dyson Heydon has now deferred findings relating to the evidence of Andrew Zaf.
The CFMEU urges the Commission to make the new material available to the public.
With unemployment at a 12-year high, local workers struggling to find a job will not welcome today's announcement of a free trade agreement with China, said CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor.
Under the trade deal, the Abbott Government has agreed to a mechanism to allow Chinese investors to bring in their own workforce for large infrastructure projects above $150 million.
The CFMEU has called on the Royal Commission to reject biased and unsubstantiated submissions of the Counsel Assisting and make findings based on facts.
CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan described the submissions and their recommendations as a complete whitewash, fuelled by anti-union prejudice.
“This Commission was set up, funded, and had its terms dictated by the Abbott Liberal Government,” Mr Noonan said. “Nobody should be surprised that these submissions line up with a predetermined outcome and deliver exactly what was expected of them.
Statement from Dave Noonan, National Construction Secretary, CFMEU
Our thoughts today are with the families of the three young people killed. Their children made the fateful decision to walk past a Grocon site – a company with no regard for safety, a company that puts profits first.
Grocon has admitted it is guilty of a crime in court today.
But they negotiated a deal to avoid a trial, and will walk away with a small fine that amounts to a slap on the wrist.
The fiance of construction worker Tom Takurua has condemned the fine handed down by the court to Thiess for her husband’s death as ‘insulting’.
Krystle Ross said the verdict handed down yesterday in the Brisbane Magistrates Court – a fine of $120,000 after the company pleaded guilty to causing her husband’s death, was indicative of a failure in the legal system.
“Thiess have been to court 13 times to try and save their corporate name, appealing time & again in order to have the charges rewritten to lessen the severity of them” she said.
Statement from CFMEU re: announcement of joint taskforce to investigate criminal activity in the construction industry and unions
The CFMEU has no tolerance for corruption and has consistently said it will cooperate with any police investigation into criminal activity in the construction industry.
In January 2014, the CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan wrote to Victorian Police Commissioner, Ken Lay and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, expressing the union’s willingness to assist the police in their work.
The CFMEU does not tolerate corruption in its ranks. It is on the public record that the leadership will not stand by anyone who is not acting in the best interests of the members and any official found to be engaging in corrupt activity will be stood down. It takes allegations of any such behavior seriously and has no hesitation to act when credible evidence is produced that officials have acted with impropriety.
Details for the Westgate bridge memorial to be held tomorrow are as follows:
Wednesday 15th October
Memorial Park Monument
Located under the bridge
Hyde Street Spotswood
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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