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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The allegation originally made by Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) head, Mr Hadgkiss before a Senate Committee in February, is that Mr Reardon made late night threatening phone calls to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.

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Created Tue 5/05/2015, Last Updated Tue 5/05/2015

Ban urged on companies importing unsafe products

The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called for import restrictions to be slapped on companies found to have manufactured building products that do not comply with Australian Standards.

A media report in today’s Australian newspaper details legal action over a fire at an apartment building in Docklands, Melbourne. It is claimed the fire was the caused by unsafe imported building products.

The union said it was time the Federal Government took a hard line.

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Created Tue 28/04/2015, Last Updated Tue 28/04/2015

#standforsafety - Construction worker deaths up 64 per cent; families, workers, gather to commemorate International Workers Memorial Day

The number of construction workers who died on the job in Australia rose by 64 per cent in 2014.

The latest data from Safe Work Australia shows that last year, 28 workers in the construction industry alone died at work, compared to 17 in 2013.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union National President, Tony Maher, joined families who have lost loved ones due to workplace accidents, and injured workers, at a ceremony at the National Workers Memorial in Canberra, to commemorate International Workers’ Memorial Day.

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Manildra workers
Created Tue 21/04/2015, Last Updated Tue 21/04/2015

Companies found abusing overseas workers must be held accountable

Yesterday’s finding by the Fair Work Ombudsman that a group of exploited Chinese and Filipino workers will receive $873,000 in backpay after being exploited by their employer Chia Tung is welcome, but far more needs to be done to bring the company to account and achieve justice for the workers.

The CFMEU, who brought the workers’ plight to the attention of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), said that given the extent of the abuses the company perpetrated against these vulnerable workers, the mere recovery of wages was not enough.