In his opening statement on behalf of the CFMEU this morning John Agius SC called for the Commission to investigate how the media became aware of certain details pertaining to the proceedings about which the CFMEU itself was not yet aware.
His opening statement can be read here.
The Australian community – including unions and union members – who've campaigned for the retention of the Low Income Superannuation Contribution (LISC) have chalked up a major victory for working people today, with the Palmer United Party indicating it will join Labor, the Greens and other Senators in not supporting the removal of the concession.
The CFMEU has welcomed Clive Palmer's announcement today that his Party will join with Senators Madigan and Xenophon in not supporting the repeal of the LISC as part of the abolition of the mining tax.
This morning Dave Noonan spoke with Jon Faine regarding allegations that have been made in the media regarding the CFMEU Vic branch. These allegations are a smoke screen and a ramp up for the Royal Commission hearings to be held in Victoria next week. Hear what Dave Noonan had to say about it this morning:
The CFMEU has today received media inquiries from several media outlets regarding claims that will allegedly be aired in Tony Abbott’s Royal Commission in hearings next week.
According to the leaked information to journalists, the commission will show a so-called “explosive” video of Victorian Secretary John Setka at a meeting regarding the Pentridge Prison construction site.
Other allegations about the employment of Mr Setka’s friend and a brother-in-law will also reportedly be made.
Key mining trade unions from around the world joined IndustriALL Global Union and industriAll Europe in a solidarity mission to the Soma mine site in Turkey, one month on from the mass killing of 301 mineworkers in an avoidable industrial disaster.
A Royal Commission into the Commonwealth Bank Financial Planning scandal, recommended late yesterday by a Senate Committee Inquiry, should cover all banks and financial institutions, says the CFMEU.
The CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O’Connor, said the Senate Committee Inquiry’s findings about the Commonwealth Bank Financial Planning scandal are almost certainly just the tip of the iceberg.
Employers will have easier access to 457 visas for Korean workers while Australian workers will have fewer protections and less job security under the Korea Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA).
Under KAFTA, the Abbott Government has committed to granting 457 visas to Korean nationals with certain trade, technical or professional skills with no employer obligation to first look for qualified Australian workers, and no requirement to prove that none were available.
But in a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry looking into the deal, the CFMEU has argued that the loose wording of the Agreement would cover all Korean workers at trade level and above.
The Abbott Government must come clean on who has lobbied it to water down the reforms to the Future of Financial Advice laws, the CFMEU said today.
This week, a Government controlled Senate Committee gave the green light to proceed with the weakening of vital consumer protection laws.
The replacement of sub-standard glass at the 150 Collins St building project in central Melbourne is estimated to cost $18 million, the CFMEU said today.
Grocon has revealed today it has to replace half the glass in the $180 million building. The glass came from Chinese supplier, China Southern Glass.
Michael O’Connor, CFMEU National Secretary, said the use of cheap imported building supplies was increasing, and it was only a matter of time before it became a serious danger to the public.
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