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Created Thu 2/07/2015, Last Updated Thu 2/07/2015

Vale Jack Cambourn

The recent passing of Jack Cambourn, former National and New South Wales Secretary of the FEDFA was marked by a memorial service at the New South Wales Trades and Labour Council this week.

Jack, one of the luminaries of the Australian union movement and an architect of the

CFMEU was born in Balmain and spent his life struggling for the advancement of the

working class.

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Created Mon 22/06/2015, Last Updated Mon 22/06/2015

Coalition could be wiped out by China Free Trade Agreement, new poll reveals

Research conducted in seven marginal electorates in NSW, QLD, Victoria and South Australia has found that the overwhelming majority of voters do not support the China Australia Free Trade Agreement when they become aware of three elements of the deal.

The research was commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. The Agreement, which was signed on Wednesday, allows:

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Created Thu 18/06/2015, Last Updated Thu 18/06/2015

Landry needs to get her facts straight on China Free Trade Agreement

The CFMEU today hit back at claims by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry that the CFMEU was lying about the potential impact of the China Free Trade Agreement.

"Given that Queensland's unemployment rate is the highest in the country and that the youth unemployment rate is as high as 20% in some regional areas you would think that Ms Landry would do her homework," the CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor commented.

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Created Thu 18/06/2015, Last Updated Thu 18/06/2015

Vale Jack Cambourn

Jack Cambourn, former National Secretary of the FEDFA, has sadly died at the age of 87.

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Created Fri 29/05/2015, Last Updated Fri 29/05/2015

Urgent, state-by-state audits called for on dangerous imported cladding

The CFMEU has written to every state and territory government calling for urgent audits to be undertaken on the use of a dangerous imported aluminium cladding product.

The product was used to cover the external walls of the Lacrosse Apartments Complex at Docklands in Melbourne, which caught alight last year. The cladding proved highly combustible, resulting in the rapid spread of fire. Four hundred people were evacuated from the building and were lucky to escape serious harm.

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Created Thu 28/05/2015, Last Updated Fri 29/05/2015

Statement regarding allegations in parliament 28/5/15

Christopher Pyne’s allegations regarding CFMEU Victorian Assistant Secretary, Shaun Reardon, made in Parliament today, have no foundation in truth.

The allegation originally made by Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) head, Mr Hadgkiss before a Senate Committee in February, is that Mr Reardon made late night threatening phone calls to a female staff member of the FWBC in 2009. Mr Hadgkiss made these claims under parliamentary privilege because he knows, were he to repeat them outside this forum, he would be sued.

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Created Thu 28/05/2015, Last Updated Thu 28/05/2015

Passing of John Melksham

E.G. (John) Melksham passed away last Tuesday, 20th May 2015.

Born in Brisbane 30th July 1934, John left home at the age of 13 to go droving in the Queensland bush.

Doing a raft of different jobs, John ended up in Melbourne working at Armitage Ware (later Caroma) in Coburg in 1960. Union involvement soon led to John taking up the position of Shop Steward and he became active on the executive of the Victorian branch of the Federated Brick Tile and Pottery Industrial Union of Australia. 

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Created Fri 22/05/2015, Last Updated Fri 22/05/2015

Government abandons Shoalhaven paper workers as mill closure date announced

The Federal Government’s failure to respond to a request to have the Shoalhaven paper mill workers’ skills formally recognised has added insult to injury, the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union (the CFMEU) said today.

Time is now officially running out for the Shoalhaven paper workers, with the company announcing today the staggered closure of the Mill with the majority of workers departing on 31 July, 2015. The workers’ skills can only be assessed while the Mill is operating.

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Created Mon 11/05/2015, Last Updated Mon 11/05/2015

Senate passes law that discriminates against construction workers

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union expressed its disappointment that the Senate has passed a bill to retain coercive powers of the building industry regulator.


The laws will mean that construction workers will be the only workers in the country who could be forced against their will into providing evidence.


The union said the Bill discriminates against construction workers, who were dying in increasing numbers on the job. In 2014, 28 workers in the construction industry alone died at work, compared to 17 in 2013.

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Created Thu 7/05/2015, Last Updated Thu 7/05/2015

FWBC sues CFMEU over suicide prevention visits

The Fair Work Building and Construction agency’s Nigel Hadgkiss has taken legal action against CFMEU official David Kirner and the union for going onto an Adelaide site to assist in a suicide intervention involving one of its members.

On the eve of the Senate vote on the reintroduction of the discredited ABCC, the FWBC is trying to sue the union over a visit to the South Australian Medical Health and Research Institute site in November 2013.

"The FWBC is already operating as a rogue regulator. Bringing back the ABCC would be horrifying for workers’ safety," Mr Kirner said.