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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strengthening the superannuation system, not raising the pension age to 70, should be the way the Government deals with budget pressures as the population ages, the ACTU said.
“The Government should reduce the superannuation tax concessions that disproportionately benefit high income earners and move as quickly as possible to compulsory 12 per cent superannuation contributions to ensure that ordinary workers can afford a decent standard of living in retirement," said ACTU President Ged Kearney.
CFMEU QLD/NT organiser Brynn Williams and site delegate Renelle Innes have been awarded Emma Miller Awards for their outstanding contribution to the Queensland labour movement.
CFMEU Construction congratulates both on their achievements.
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