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“Our nation’s future prosperity is linked to our ability to provide quality jobs for our kids,” CFMEU says.
Created Wed 31/07/2013, Last Updated Wed 31/07/2013

QLD billboard campaign demands jobs and training not FIFO

Two major billboards demanding an end to the use of 100 per cent ‘Fly In Fly Out’ workforces on Bowen Basin coal mines have been installed on major highways around Mackay as part of the CFMEU push to ensure regional communities receive the full benefits of the resources boom.

More billboards, calling for more apprenticeships for local workers and fewer on 457 overseas temporary work visas, went up at Townsville, Gladstone South and Rockhampton late last week.

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Created Mon 29/07/2013, Last Updated Tue 30/07/2013

CEOs strike in Sydney while “Migration Expo” opens in Perth

A new satirical video has been released showing militant employers protesting in Sydney and demanding greater access to the controversial 457 visa scheme.

The renewed employer push comes as a major expo opens today at the Hyatt Regency in Perth, targeting 457 workers and others in Australia temporarily and offering to provide attendees “all the information you need to settle in Australia.”

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Koori Job Ready offers 8-week construction training at the Les Tobler Training Room, Darlington.
Created Mon 29/07/2013, Last Updated Mon 29/07/2013

Koori Job Ready a Deadlys® Finalist - Vote Now!

The CFMEU is proud to announce that Koori Job Ready has been nominated for the prestigious Deadlys® Awards and invites members and supporters of the Indigenous training program to vote for them in the Awards.

The Deadlys® is an annual event held at the Opera House, celebrating National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, sport and the Community. Koori Job Ready has been nominated for a Deadlys® Award in Employment, in the Community section.

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Created Fri 26/07/2013, Last Updated Fri 26/07/2013

Visa holders beware of scam demands for CISA numbers

The CFMEU is drawing members’ attention to a particularly nasty scam that is targeting migrants and holders of temporary work visas.

Scammers impersonating government officials are calling visa holders and claiming that there is a problem with a fictitious number, which they are calling the ‘Citizenship and Immigration Services Alien’ (CISA) number. The scam victim is told that they must immediately pay an upfront fee, usually about $900, to fix their CISA number or they risk deportation.

Created Thu 25/07/2013, Last Updated Thu 25/07/2013

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How Tony Abbott Writes his Speeches

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Created Thu 25/07/2013, Last Updated Thu 25/07/2013

Communities not camps: Gulgong mineworkers oppose temporary camp

Mineworkers have joined residents opposing plans for a 400-person temporary workers camp in the Central Tablelands town of Gulgong, the Miners’ Union says.

CFMEU members have objected to plans for a FIFO/DIDO-style Mac Camp beside the town, saying it would be bad news for families, local workers and the Gulgong community. Workers are expected to join residents in a community forum about the plan, tonight at 6pm at the CWA Hall.

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"We had a very successful night and raised over $26,000.' Michele O'Neil
Created Thu 25/07/2013, Last Updated Tue 15/10/2013

'Thanks for your support' - Benefit for Bangladesh

TCFUA National Secretary Michele O’Neil sent the following message of thanks to CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan for the Union’s support of the TCFUA Benefit for Bangladesh on June 27:

 "Thank you so much for your union's contribution to our Benefit for Bangladesh. We greatly appreciated your solidarity and your support will go a long way in assisting workers in Bangladesh.

"We had a very successful night and raised over $26,000. The money raised will go directly to workers and their families and will also assist in raising the standards of health and safety for workers in garment factories in Bangladesh.

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“Despite the long mining boom, youth unemployment in parts of Perth and across WA is sitting well above 20%,” Mick Buchan.
Created Wed 24/07/2013, Last Updated Thu 25/07/2013

More billboards go up in Perth: Train us before hiring 457 visa holders

Billboard ads are now going up in Bedford, Kewdale, Redcliffe and Welshpool in Perth, with the faces of three young workers hoping for a career in construction.  The new billboards will raise awareness of the need for more apprenticeships for local workers and fewer on 457 overseas temporary work visas.

The billboards were created by Australia’s main construction industry trade union, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), as part of the ‘Let’s Spread It Around’ campaign.

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'With youth unemployment above 15% in western Sydney, plenty of locals would benefit from construction apprenticeships.' Brian Parker.
Created Tue 23/07/2013, Last Updated Wed 24/07/2013

Train us before hiring people on 457s: young Australians' message Sydney

Three young workers hoping for a career in construction are the faces of a billboard initiative starting this week in Sydney. The new billboards, which go up this week across the city, will raise awareness of the need for more apprenticeships for locals and fewer workers on 457 overseas temporary work visas.

The billboards were created by Australia’s main construction industry trade union, the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), as part of the ‘Let’s Spread It Around’ campaign.

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Balance = 2&5 for fruit n veg, and 30 mins 5 times a week for exercise
Created Wed 17/07/2013, Last Updated Wed 17/07/2013

Anyone for … Diabetes? Tips from CFMEU SA Healthy Worker Adviser

As Australia marks Diabetes Week, CFMEU SA’s Healthy Worker Adviser is reminding construction workers to keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of diabetes and to exercise and maintain a healthy diet, as ways of preventing the most common type 2 diabetes.