The arrest of ACT CFMEU official John Lomax for trying to negotiate better pay and conditions for workers is an absolute disgrace, according to CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan.
“It is unprecedented and an absolute disgrace that the Abbott Government is using the police to intervene in what is purely an industrial matter,” he said.
“Mr Lomax was arrested this morning. He was denied the right to have a lawyer present during the time he was at the police station. He has not been provided with any written document setting out allegations against him.”
The allegations of bribery heard today at the Royal Commission in Canberra are serious and should be referred to the police.
Both parties to the alleged bribes which were the subject of evidence today should be prosecuted and dealt with by criminal courts.
The CFMEU does not tolerate corruption in its ranks and as we have consistently maintained, if there is an investigation, the police will have the full cooperation of the union.
MR Halafihi Kivalu is no longer employed by the CFMEU.
He is not supported or represented by the union in these proceedings.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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