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“If it wasn’t for the union stepping in and all the workers standing together this might never have been fixed," Mick Buchan.
Created Wed 23/10/2013, Last Updated Wed 23/10/2013

CFMEU WA steps in to recover $150,000 in unpaid wages on Perth Airport

The CFMEU uncovered in excess of $150,000 unpaid wages involving up to 46 workers on the new Perth International Terminal (1) developed by Leighton’s Holdings subsidiary Broad Constructions. To add to that, workers on the site had also not been paid their statutory requirements including superannuation and long service leave involving many more thousands of dollars.

The new terminal is a Federal government project funded by superannuation investment funds.

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“Nigel Hadgkiss has a history steeped in bias against construction workers and their unions,” Dave Noonan.
Created Thu 17/10/2013, Last Updated Wed 23/10/2013

No balance in the leadership of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate: CFMEU

The appointment of Nigel Hadgkiss as Director and John Lloyd as Chair of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate (FWBII) has been criticised by the CFMEU, as being unbalanced.

CFMEU National Construction Secretary Dave Noonan said Minister for Employment, Eric Abetz’s announcement was no surprise, but it was nevertheless disappointing as both Mr Hadgkiss and Mr Lloyd have a record of bias.

Created Thu 17/10/2013, Last Updated Thu 17/10/2013

Stand up. Speak out. Come home.

Watch new CFMEU video on YouTube

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Created Thu 17/10/2013, Last Updated Mon 21/10/2013

Rally against QLD changes to Workers Comp

CFMEU members will rally today with other Queenslanders at 12.30pm Thursday outside Parliament House in Brisbane and in other centres against the LNP government’s changes to Workers’ Compensation.

These changes, to be rammed through Parliament on Thursday, will hit the most vulnerable in our society the families and children of injured workers.

Photos from the Brisbane rally: Facebook Workcover Rally Parliament House

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David Hanna & Michael Ravbar announcing the integration of their Branches at Conference.
Created Wed 16/10/2013, Last Updated Wed 16/10/2013

Workers are the winners in merger of CFMEU branches in Queensland

The two branches of the CFMEU Construction Division announced today that they intend to form a single Queensland/Northern Territory branch.

The announcement was made at the biennial CFMEU Construction National Conference in Cairns where delegates are discussing and planning policy and programs for the union.

Delegates were touched by the emotion expressed by leaders of both branches – David Hanna and Michael Ravbar – in achieving the merger for the benefit of construction workers.

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"More of us need to speak out and stop the silence on this issue," Noonan.
Created Tue 15/10/2013, Last Updated Mon 21/10/2013

Real men don't abuse women - CFMEU launches anti-violence campaign

The CFMEU today will launch a campaign to curb violence against women.

The campaign called: Real men don’t abuse women aims to spread the message that violence against women is unacceptable and to encourage more men to speak out against it.

The campaign will be launched at the union’s National Conference following an address by MUA Assistant Secretary and White Ribbon Ambassador, Mick Doleman.

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Created Mon 14/10/2013, Last Updated Tue 15/10/2013

CFMEU United - Dave Noonan's address to National Conference

"Tony Abbott has no mandate to take away our members’ human rights; no mandate, to cut their wages and no mandate to make their jobs less safe," CFMEU Construction National Secretary Dave Noonan told the union's Divisional National Conference today in an address that also talked about reform in the Labor Party and proposed that union members should have a vote in the Party leadership.

"Unlike Tony Abbott our union keeps its promises, and we promise this:

"We will not shirk our responsibility to stand up for our member’s rights on site.

"We will not compromise on defending our member’s safety.

"We will fight to keep our wages and conditions.

Read Dave Noonan's full address to Conference

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Created Wed 9/10/2013, Last Updated Fri 11/10/2013

Refractory workers - update of EBA negotiations

A message for Refractory Workers from CFMEU Construction Assistant National Secretary, Frank O'Grady:

Enterprise Bargaining Agreements are due for re-negotiation with the major Refractory companies Veolia, Beroa, Phoenix and A.G.C.

In preparation for these meetings the CFMEU has undergone extensive consultation with members working in the refractory industry.

Meetings have been held in Bunbury, Collie, Kwinana, Port Pirie, Wyalla, Hastings, Laverton, La Trobe Valley, Gladstone, Boyne Island, Brisbane and Port Kembla.

A Log of Claims has been developed and endorsed by meetings of workers right around the country.

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C&G National Secretary Dave Noonan in the Daily Telegraph
Created Tue 8/10/2013, Last Updated Mon 14/10/2013

Aussies paying price of corporate profit chase - Dave Noonan

A JOB is worth far more than a dollar figure on a pay check. It's the opportunity to support yourself and your family, to develop skills, advance your future, and have a sense of purpose.

But according to a band of free-trade ideologues, business lobbyists, academics and even some members of the newly-elected Abbott Government, a job is simply a bargaining chip that can be freely traded away.

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Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo at the Myer Emporium building site
Created Thu 3/10/2013, Last Updated Wed 9/10/2013

Grocon underpaid workers on Myer Emporium site

Construction company Grocon has again been caught out trying to rip off its workers in the latest decision against it by the Victorian Building Industry Disputes Panel.

The Chairman of the Panel today found that Grocon undervalued the  Myer Emporium site project by at least $200 million resulting in substantial underpayments of workers’ pay.