Letters to the Royal Commission
The CFMEU’s legal team has provided letters to the Royal Commission outlining serious concerns about procedure and the investigation of evidence presented to the Commission. The letters are attached in three documents below.
Letters dated 15 September and 22 July 2014
Building Industry 2000 has provided over $200 000 to charitable, community and sporting organisations as well as building workers and their families in need.
The fund has never donated to the ALP, or provided funding towards elections in other trade unions.
The following document outlines charitable donations made by Building Industry 2000. This document is being provided to the royal commission.
Abbott's 457 changes: destroying employment opportunities for Australians in the midst of a jobs crisis
A widening of the 457 Visa scheme – expected to be announced by the Abbott Government today – would further undermine the working conditions of Australians, removing even more employment opportunities for the half a million people currently looking for full time work.
Unemployment levels are at their highest in 12 years, and youth unemployment is at crisis point – with some regions of the country experiencing up to 30 per cent youth unemployment.
The Federal Government's announcements on new apprenticeship programs would not go anywherenear addressing the crisis in youth unemployment and Australian apprenticeships, the Construction,Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) National Secretary, Michael O'Connor, said.
"This government has axed a range of apprenticeship programs, including the $1bn Tools For YourTrade program, to help apprentices buy the tools and equipment they need. And billions more have beenripped out of the TAFE system, especially across regional Australia.
The Trade Union Royal Commission today heard evidence of conflict between Fair Work Building Commission (FWBC) inspectors and construction workers and union officials on building sites.
Swearing on building sites is nothing new and doesn’t warrant a $53 million Royal Commission. The greater scandal is that industry regulators have been asleep at the wheel.
The Federal Government decision to allow foreign workers with poor English into Australia on low wages will result in less employment, lower wages and more accidents for local workers, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU).
CFMEU National Secretary Michael O'Connor said today that new "Designated Area Migration Agreements" (DAMAs) would hurt the employment chances of young Australians by allowing employers to use overseas workers to undercut the local labour market.
Crisis in Australian apprenticeships: construction apprenticeships down by almost a third; shortfall of 3,300 mining apprenticeships
An independent analysis commissioned by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has revealed a crisis in Australian apprenticeships, with:
- A national shortfall of mining apprenticeships of 3,300
- Construction apprenticeships down by 28 percent since 2010
- The ratio of apprentices to tradespeople in construction at its lowest level since 2003 - 12.4 per cent.
The report found the mining sector would need to increase apprentices by around 37 per cent to match its share of total tradespeople.
The 30 highest youth unemployment regions revealed; CFMEU calls for Government to scrap expansion of overseas worker programs
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) today revealed the 30 regions in the country with the highest youth unemployment, and called on the Abbott Government to immediately halt its plans to expand temporary visa employment programs.
The National Secretary of the CFMEU Michael O’Connor said youth unemployment (15-24 year olds) across the country was at crisis point, and in some regions the situation was acute. Topping the list is outback South Australia, with a staggering 29.8 per cent youth unemployment.
Massive rise in regional unemployment prompts call for Victorian Government to support 457 Visa crackdown
The Construction, Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has called on the Victorian Government to join its campaign to ensure more rigorous Labour Market Testing for the controversial 457 Visa scheme on the back of disastrous unemployment figures in regional Victoria.
National Secretary of the CFMEU, Michael O'Connor called on the Premier of Victoria to show some courage and stand up to the Abbott Government over the 457 Visa issue.
Resource, health and service sector unions are united in calling for a Senate Inquiry into the 457 visa scheme following allegations of widespread rorting.
"Unemployment has hit a 12 year high yet instead of tightening up requirements to import labour – the Government is trying to help employers bypass local workers in the Northern Territory under new designated area migration agreements," said ACTU President Ged Kearney.
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