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Created Thu 26/03/2015, Last Updated Thu 26/03/2015

CFMEU proposal for new impairment policy includes drug and alcohol testing

The CFMEU construction division is today announcing its proposal for an impairment policy in the industry. The policy – which for the first time includes a proposal for drug and alcohol testing - focuses on safety in the workplace.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said the union was consulting with the membership about the policy and stressed that testing was just one component of their proposal. “

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Created Thu 19/03/2015, Last Updated Thu 19/03/2015

Statement from the CFMEU National Secretary, Michael O’Connor, in response to allegations made under Parliamentary privilege

The CFMEU has called on Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) Director Nigel Hadgkiss to go to the police with allegations that female FWBC staff were threatened with rape.

These allegations were first raised by Mr Hadgkiss in a Senate Estimates Committee hearing three weeks ago, and were repeated by Senator Abetz in Federal Parliament yesterday (Senate Question Time).

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Created Tue 17/03/2015, Last Updated Tue 17/03/2015

Celebration of a life - Mavis Robertson AM

Mavis Robertson AM  - who sadly passed away at the age of 84 on 17 February - touched the lives of many in the community, especially the superannuation industry.

The family of Mavis would like to invite anyone who knew Mavis to join them in a memorial to celebrate her rich and varied life. Memorials will be held in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Melbourne:
Sunday 15 March, 2015, 3PM
Maurice Rioli Room,
ME Bank Centre,
Richmond Football Club

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Created Fri 27/02/2015, Last Updated Fri 27/02/2015

Wake up call for Abbott Government with Maryvale paper mill now in trouble

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said cost reduction measures announced by the Maryvale Paper mill today would sound alarm bells across the community and industry, and should immediately prompt the Federal Government to replace paper imports across its departments with Australian made paper.

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Created Fri 27/02/2015, Last Updated Fri 27/02/2015

Inadequate penalties: Introduce industrial manslaughter for workplace deaths

The CFMEU is calling on the Queensland Government to introduce industrial manslaughter charges and sentencing for workplace fatalities and serious injuries.

This Friday, 27th February 2015, sentencing is scheduled to be handed down at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court to Allscaff Systems Pty Ltd and the director Ralph Michael Smith after the 2008 deaths of two workers on a Gold Coast construction site.

Chris Gear and Steve Sayer died after the swing stage scaffold they were working out of plummeted 26 stories to the ground after a malfunction.

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Created Tue 24/02/2015, Last Updated Tue 24/02/2015

Shoalhaven mill closure – too little too late from the Abbott Govt

Australian passports and birth certificates will no longer be produced with Australian made paper, as the Shoalhaven region loses an iconic local industry with today's announcement by Australian Paper that it will close the Shoalhaven paper mill at Bomaderry.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, which campaigned to save the mill - the only paper mill in the country that makes security grade papers used by the Federal Government - said the closure was entirely avoidable.

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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.