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“Any boss thinking about going after a worker because of their legitimate union activity in the workplace should take notice of this decision." Stephen Smyth
Created Tue 17/12/2013, Last Updated Tue 17/12/2013

Peabody union reps reinstatement: 'a win for all workers'

A Federal Court ruling that mining giant Peabody’s sacking of three mineworkers due to union activity was illegal sends a clear message to employers to back off from targeting unionists, the Miners Union said today.

The three workers, who are union workplace representatives, will return to work at the North Goonyella mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin next week.

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Tell FIFA to Re-run the vote!
Created Fri 13/12/2013, Last Updated Fri 13/12/2013

A message to Aussie soccer fans: end slavery

CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan is this week raising his voice against the modern day slavery he has just witnessed in Qatar.

And he is asking the Australian football community not to look the other way, ignoring this human tragedy.

Dave was in Qatar as part of an International Trade Union delegation in early December.

“The beautiful game will be poisoned if it is built on the base of slavery in Qatar,” construction union leader, Dave Noonan, warned.

Read more of Dave Noonan's experiences from Qatar: Working Life: A Message to Aussie soccer fans by Andrew Casey

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Abbott's economic vandalism: $3 billion for mining; nothing for auto industry.
Created Wed 11/12/2013, Last Updated Wed 11/12/2013

CFMEU Appalled at Holden Closure by 2017

The CFMEU is appalled at the announced closure of Holden by 2017.

“Our thoughts go out to all the workers and their families who will be facing a bleak future this Christmas,” CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor said.

“The failure of the Abbott Government in the face of this crisis will be disastrous for thousands of Holden workers, and for the automotive industry in this country which employs 50,000 people.

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Created Fri 6/12/2013, Last Updated Fri 6/12/2013

Vale Nelson Mandela: May he Rest in Peace

It is with great sadness that the Executive reports the death of the first black President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela.

The Executive and Members of the Union, extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to Mr Mandela's family and to the people of South Africa, who have lost a great and unifying leader.

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“These workers have been waiting since May for money that is legally theirs." Brad Parker, C&G National Assistant Secretary
Created Thu 5/12/2013, Last Updated Thu 5/12/2013

Don’t be a Christmas Scrooge: CFMEU calls on Holland to pay workers

The CFMEU will be protesting outside the offices of John Holland today around the country in relation to unpaid wages for 200 workers from the Urban Superway project in South Australia.

The workers, who were employed by a sub contractor who has gone missing, are owed more than $750,000 in lost wages, superannuation, annual leave and other entitlements. Workers who had child support arrangements had the money taken out of their pay, that never went to their children.

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Don't shred pulp & paper jobs
Created Wed 4/12/2013, Last Updated Wed 4/12/2013

Pulp & Paper Workers to Lobby Federal MPs in Canberra

 

A delegation of CFMEU Pulp and Paper Workers from Tasmania, Melbourne, Gippsland, Shoalhaven and Millicent will travel to Parliament House today to brief their local MPs on challenges to their job security.  Workers will seek the MPs support as part of their 'Don't Shred Pulp and Paper Jobs' initiative, a part of the CFMEU's 'Let’s Spread it Around Campaign'.

Alex Millar, National Secretary of the CFMEU’s Pulp and Paper Worker’s District, is leading the delegation in asking local MPs to sign a pledge to set the right example to the community by buying Australian made paper and paper products for their offices and personal use.

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Created Mon 2/12/2013, Last Updated Mon 2/12/2013

'A disposable workforce trapped in Qatar' - International Union delegation

International union delegation concludes four day visit to Qatar

1 December 2013, Doha: On the eve of the third anniversary of Qatar winning the controversial bid to host the 2022 World Cup, an international trade union delegation to the gulf state finds no improvement in living and working conditions of migrant workers.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said international pressure is growing.  Governments, human rights organisations and FIFA have all called for fundamental workers’ rights and an end to the Kafala system.

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Justin Feehan
Created Thu 28/11/2013, Last Updated Thu 28/11/2013

Justin Feehan Maiden Tribute Plate, Moonee Valley Friday

One of the CFMEU's finest organisers will be fittingly remembered tomorrow, Friday November 29, with the Justin Feehan Memorial Tribute Plate race at Moonee Valley racecourse in Melbourne at 7.15pm.

Justin passed away on July 6 this year following a brave battle with melanoma cancer. Tomorrow would have been his 45th birthday.

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Lindsay Fraser AM speaking at CFMEU Construction National Conference in October.
Created Tue 26/11/2013, Last Updated Tue 26/11/2013

CFMEU honours Lindsay Fraser AM's service to working class

The CFMEU today pays tribute to Assistant Divisional Secretary Lindsay Fraser AM for his many years' service to construction workers, this Union and Australia's construction industry.

"Lindsay is truly a legend of our Union and the labour movement," said Dave Noonan, CFMEU Construction National Secretary.

"He has worked at the heart of the real measures needed to improve the industry; safety, skills, education and opportunity for construction workers. That’s why we are so proud of him.

"He leaves behind a legacy of principled unionism, his ability to always put the interests of workers and the union first,"

Read the full story of this "Quiet Achiever" on this website.

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Created Tue 26/11/2013, Last Updated Wed 27/11/2013

Australians short-changed by one-off mining boom

A surge in profits generated during Australia’s decade-long mining investment boom has failed to deliver the long-term economic benefits Australians deserve, according to a new report into the economic benefits of the resources boom.

The Australian Resources Boom: Sharing the Benefits by SGS Economics and Planning shows that record mining company profits have far outstripped growth in resource taxes and royalties. Meanwhile, the array of deductions available to mining companies leave them with a corporate tax rate lower than any other industry.