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Workplace Safety At Risk Under Abbot

The Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Brendan O’Connor today said that recommendations in the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit will mean cuts to workplace health and safety.

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Construction, mining and forestry workers most likely to be seriously injured or killed at work

 

A worker is seriously injured or dies every six minutes in the construction, mining and forestry sectors, a rate that is 50 per cent higher than for all other industries combined.

That’s the stark message of a new campaign “Stand up. Speak out. Come Home.”, launched today (Monday) highlighting the importance of speaking up about the dangers of working in some of Australia’s least safe industries. The campaign features real life stories of lives lost and workers incapacitated in construction, mining and forestry jobs. 

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CFMEU calls for more cooperative approach from Lend Lease

 

The CFMEU called on Lend Lease for a more cooperative approach on safety following an internal audit conducted by the company that revealed serious safety breaches.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said Lend Lease senior management should listen to their workforce and engage constructively with their unions if they wanted safer workplaces.

“This audit, which is the company’s own document, reveals 60 safety breaches which have put workers at risk of fire, falls from heights and electrocution in the past 12 months.

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Forestry SA seeking to halve its workforce in a year – union seeks urgent meeting with Government.

The CFMEU has been told by Forestry SA that it has sought the South Australian Government’s approval to reduce its workforce by 50 per cent within a year, and halve their redundancy entitlements.

Forestry SA employs 280 people across regional South Australia – the majority in Mt Gambier and the South East, but also Mt Crawford in the Adelaide Hills, and in the Wirrabara area. Around 150 jobs are at stake.

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Youth unemployment on the rise and apprenticeships on the decline.

Youth unemployment on the rise and apprenticeships on the decline: urgent action needed 

Recent figures from the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER), show a 14.2% decrease in the take up rates of apprenticeships from the previous year.

The numbers pertaining to construction are even more alarming as a recent environmental scan conducted by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) report completions of apprenticeships in that sector are down by 18%.

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Abbott Government breaks promise and goes after Older Workers in Federal Budget

The Abbott Government’s assault on working Australians continues today with news of radical cuts and changes to the Age Pension coming in the Federal Budget.

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Massive Blow to Queensland Workers' Health and Safety Rights as New Laws Pass in Parliament.

Divisional Branch Secretary of the CFMEU Construction and General Qld and NT, Michael Ravbar said the new workplace health and safety laws which were passed through Parliament yesterday are putting the lives of workers at risk. The changes mean that unions now need to give 24 hours notice before they can enter a Queensland work site if they believe there is a Work Health and Safety Act breach. This will only give the employer more time to cover their tracks and hinder a proper investigation.

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Whistleblower Claims 457 Visa Worker Abuses At Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Project

Whistleblower Claims 457 Visa Worker Abuses At Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill Project

Serious allegations of abuses of the 457 visa system and workers at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill iron ore project have been referred to the Federal Government by the CFMEU National Office.

The CFMEU has received a detailed complaint from a whistleblower on the Roy Hill project. The whistleblower alleges that:

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VIDEO: Lend Lease need to start putting worker safety ahead of profits.

The CFMEU announced today it is conducting safety audits on all Lend Lease sites around Australia in the wake of the Barangaroo fire where inadequate evacuation plans meant workers were not accounted for, for 2.5 hours.

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All Lend Lease sites subject to safety audit by CFMEU

The CFMEU announced today it is conducting safety audits on all Lend Lease sites around Australia in the wake of the Barangaroo fire where inadequate evacuation plans meant workers were not accounted for, for 2.5 hours.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said that the union had a responsibility to ensure the safety of workers on Lend Lease sites, following evidence of poor safety practices in relation to fires on two sites in New South Wales.