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.
The Victorian Police have a very important job to do in tackling organised crime and have the full support of the CFMEU.
In his appearance at the Trade Union Royal Commission today, Assistant Commissioner Fontana was able to provide no evidence or detail to back up broad allegations of criminality among union officials in the construction industry.
The CFMEU’s clear position is that we have zero tolerance for corruption or criminal activity in the union.
The CFMEU has repeatedly appealed to police and government authorities to investigate allegations of crime in the construction industry.
Letters to the Royal Commission
The CFMEU’s legal team has provided letters to the Royal Commission outlining serious concerns about procedure and the investigation of evidence presented to the Commission. The letters are attached in three documents below.
Letters dated 15 September and 22 July 2014
Building Industry 2000 has provided over $200 000 to charitable, community and sporting organisations as well as building workers and their families in need.
The fund has never donated to the ALP, or provided funding towards elections in other trade unions.
The following document outlines charitable donations made by Building Industry 2000. This document is being provided to the royal commission.
Abbott's 457 changes: destroying employment opportunities for Australians in the midst of a jobs crisis
A widening of the 457 Visa scheme – expected to be announced by the Abbott Government today – would further undermine the working conditions of Australians, removing even more employment opportunities for the half a million people currently looking for full time work.
Unemployment levels are at their highest in 12 years, and youth unemployment is at crisis point – with some regions of the country experiencing up to 30 per cent youth unemployment.
The Federal Government's announcements on new apprenticeship programs would not go anywherenear addressing the crisis in youth unemployment and Australian apprenticeships, the Construction,Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) National Secretary, Michael O'Connor, said.
"This government has axed a range of apprenticeship programs, including the $1bn Tools For YourTrade program, to help apprentices buy the tools and equipment they need. And billions more have beenripped out of the TAFE system, especially across regional Australia.
The Trade Union Royal Commission today heard evidence of conflict between Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) inspectors and construction workers and union officials on building sites.
Swearing on building sites is nothing new and doesn’t warrant a $53 million Royal Commission. The greater scandal is that industry regulators have been asleep at the wheel.
The Federal Government decision to allow foreign workers with poor English into Australia on low wages will result in less employment, lower wages and more accidents for local workers, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said today that new "Designated Area Migration Agreements" (DAMAs) would hurt the employment chances of young Australians by allowing employers to use overseas workers to undercut the local labour market.
Crisis in Australian apprenticeships: construction apprenticeships down by almost a third; shortfall of 3,300 mining apprenticeships
An independent analysis commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed a crisis in Australian apprenticeships, with:
- A national shortfall of mining apprenticeships of 3,300
- Construction apprenticeships down by 28 percent since 2010
- The ratio of apprentices to tradespeople in construction at its lowest level since 2003 - 12.4 per cent.
The report found the mining sector would need to increase apprentices by around 37 per cent to match its share of total tradespeople.
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