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Created Mon 23/02/2015, Last Updated Mon 23/02/2015

CFMEU warns poisoned berries just the tip of the unsafe imports iceberg

With the deluge of unsafe imports from China looming if the China Australia Free Trade Agreement is signed, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union is urging Abbott Government to deliver on its election commitment to ensure that imported building products comply with Australian Standards.

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Created Thu 19/02/2015, Last Updated Thu 19/02/2015

VICTORY IS SWEET

De Martin & Gasparini workers have won their battle against multi-national Boral and De Martin and Gasparini for a Union Agreement.

After rejecting a substandard, non-union agreement put to them before Christmas, workers took protected action to secure decent wages and conditions for themselves and their families.

The De Martin & Gasparini workers proved the power in standing together as CFMEU members and fighting for their rights and conditions.

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Created Fri 13/02/2015, Last Updated Fri 13/02/2015

The Abbott Government doesn't care about deaths on construction sites

Despite report after report showing the dangers of the construction industry, the Government spends their energy regulating the unions who fight for workers' safety rather than caring for the families who lose their loved ones. view video


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Created Wed 28/01/2015, Last Updated Wed 28/01/2015

National disgrace: Dutton must urgently investigate network of migrant worker abuse says CFMEU

The CFMEU is calling on new Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to urgently investigate the Manildra Group nationwide, after badly exploited migrant workers at its Bombaderry ethanol plant in NSW indicated that the practice was occurring across the country.

The workers at the plant in the South Coast of NSW have been working for 10 or 11 hours a day, 7 days a week and taking home between $40 and $100 per day. They have not received any form of allowances including penalty rates for overtime and weekends.  

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Created Fri 19/12/2014, Last Updated Fri 19/12/2014

Statement from the CFMEU in relation to report from Royal Commission

The CFMEU notes that the report of the Royal Commission released today contains a number of findings relating to CFMEU officials with recommendations that matters be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and other agencies.

The Royal Commission is not a court of law and does not exercise judicial power.

Its interim report makes no specific recommendations for legislative change and does not make any findings of corruption against any CFMEU official.

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Created Fri 12/12/2014, Last Updated Fri 12/12/2014

Bad Santa: Abbott delivers increase in unemployment with no drop in level of 457 visas this Christmas

The Abbott Government is ending the year by delivering another increase in unemployment levels, yet no corresponding decrease in 457 visas.

Today's ABS labour force data shows national unemployment reached a 14 year high of 6.3 per cent.

Yesterday, Immigration Department figures revealed the rate of 457 visas has remained steady despite rising unemployment and weak jobs growth.

There were 109,830 visa workers in Australia at the end of September 2014, almost the same number as a year before (110,280) when the labour market was stronger.

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Latest 457 visa data - local workers miss out on 6,500 jobs

The number of workers in Australia on 457 visas has remained steady despite rising unemployment and weak jobs growth, according to today's figures from the Immigration Department.

The figures revealed:

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Created Fri 28/11/2014, Last Updated Fri 28/11/2014

‘Lack of balance’: CFMEU submissions to the Royal Commission

Damning new evidence provided to the Royal Commission by the CFMEU this week has cast serious doubt on the credibility of a key anti-union witness. 

Commissioner Dyson Heydon has now deferred findings relating to the evidence of Andrew Zaf. 

The CFMEU urges the Commission to make the new material available to the public. 

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Created Tue 18/11/2014, Last Updated Tue 18/11/2014

China trade deal could put fuel on jobs fire

 

With unemployment at a 12-year high, local workers struggling to find a job will not welcome today's announcement of a free trade agreement with China, said CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor.

Under the trade deal, the Abbott Government has agreed to a mechanism to allow Chinese investors to bring in their own workforce for large infrastructure projects above $150 million.

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Created Sun 16/11/2014, Last Updated Sun 16/11/2014

Royal Commission must make findings based on facts: CFMEU

The CFMEU has called on the Royal Commission to reject biased and unsubstantiated submissions of the Counsel Assisting and make findings based on facts.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan described the submissions and their recommendations as a complete whitewash, fuelled by anti-union prejudice.

“This Commission was set up, funded, and had its terms dictated by the Abbott Liberal Government,” Mr Noonan said. “Nobody should be surprised that these submissions line up with a predetermined outcome and deliver exactly what was expected of them.